Until recently, businesses and organizations have been using network security via physical appliances
that are site-centric. In a site-centric network, employees must be present on-site or use a VPN to
connect with headquarter offices in order to access security services or the cloud environment. This
site-centric technology causes high latency, low productivity, technical issues, and the need to deal
with hardware distributors. There is no segmentation or user awareness within the network. Cloud environments
and SaaS services are not being properly protected and are sometimes exposed to the public internet.
In addition to being more vulnerable to cyber attacks, traditional technology solutions are prohibitively
expensive, do not integrate well with today’s increasingly popular cloud services, and are extremely
complicated to use. Traditional hardware services, as well as open source VPN solutions, can be highly
limited in offering scalable and streamlined network visibility due to the amount of manual configuration
and overhead involved.
Employees today are working from everywhere and organizations are increasingly relying upon cloud technologies.
With the rise of the mobile workforce and cloud transformation, the traditional network we once knew can no longer be trusted.
Organizations are increasingly adopting the use of remote workers and many companies are moving to
cloud infrastructures such as AWS,
Google Cloud, Azure, and more. With an ever-expanding network on the horizon,
the traditional hardware-based security appliances are no longer adequate. Many companies are still using the
same site-centric and hardware-based network security appliances that we’ve relied on for the past 30 years,
and these are no longer adequate in securing remote and on-premise access.