Business & Technology
Modern enterprise networks are diverse and often span multiple environments, each with its own unique requirements and standards. Securing each network ecosystem independently creates a challenge for consistent policy enforcement, transparency, and unified orchestration and response. Organizations are tasked with securing multiple network edges, often in hybrid cloud environments, while maintaining consistent, unified security operations. Fortinet’s Adaptive Cloud Security portfolio enables organizations to protect all their applications, data, and workloads regardless if they’re on-premises, or in multiple clouds.
A similar challenge is trying to secure each edge while trying to impose a unified security policy. Single transactions can span many different applications and workflows, so security needs to be consistently applied at each point across the fabric—on the LAN, WAN, and cloud edges. Any and all dynamic connections need to be reliable and secure, from the data center to the cloud, between clouds, as well as among branch offices. Thus, cloud security needs to readily adapt to changing customer needs and digital innovation strategies as they evolve. Security should be consistent across private clouds and public clouds.
In order to optimize network performance, organizations are increasingly replacing traditional router-based networks that back-haul traffic back to data center with application aware SD-WAN solutions. SD-WAN solutions utilize broad network visibility and application awareness to select the optimal WAN access methodology.
In addition to issues of compatibility, a comprehensive and integrated security strategy also has challenges in terms of speed and scale. It’s clear that the volume, velocity and variety of new data generated will be greater than ever before – stretching the limits of traditional security solutions. Cloud security solutions will need to support new, high speed connections and hyper-scale operations. 5G, with its ultra-high speeds and highly reliable connections, is rolling out globally, and most network security—especially cloud security solutions—are struggling to keep pace. But what most leaders don’t realize is that this is just the opening salvo. New, higher performance, higher frequency 5G (mmWave)—and the technologies needed to make it practical—is just around the corner. And according to some reports, 6G, with its terabytes per second performance, will be here by the end of the decade. Security solutions not designed for high-speed environments will create serious roadblocks for organizations looking to meet increasing end user and consumer demands for performance.
Security at scale requires consistent policies and enforcement across the highly distributed networks – across multiple LAN, WAN and cloud edges.
Here are three future-forward business imperatives for cloud security solutions:
Secure organizations of the future must realize now the importance of converging and uniting security, network, and computing regardless of where and how their applications and data reside or are deployed rather than purchasing and maintaining traditional, disparate operational siloes. Hyperperformance, hyperconvergence, and hyperautomation that can span increasingly distributed and dynamic networks—and that are augmented with advanced intelligence—are quickly becoming the new standards for competing in the rapidly evolving digital economy, and unified security solutions are here to keep them secure. Fortinet’s Adaptive Cloud Security products and solutions can help with this and more.
Learn how Fortinet’s dynamic cloud security solutions provide increased visibility and control across cloud infrastructures, enabling secure applications and connectivity from data center to cloud.