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It is no secret that cyber criminals don’t play by the rules. This is especially true even as organizations scramble to rapidly transition to a secure remote worker strategy. Unlike many IT teams and systems administrators, these cyber criminals are able to look at your customer’s network as a single, interconnected entity, and will take every opportunity to exploit any opportunity for their own personal gain.
This inability to see the network as a single, integrated system, known as the “silo effect,” is dangerous and all too common across industries. And this issue is being compounded now as the majority of workers now access network resources from remote locations.
One outcome of this fractured approach to the network is that far too often, to meet their evolving cybersecurity needs, companies will deploy one-off security solutions in different areas of their networks. While this may address some local security concerns, doing so can isolate threat intelligence, making it difficult to correlate threat intelligence and detect sophisticated attacks. For those organizations that employ a digital business model, this is a serious problem. While data is considered the currency of today’s economy, establishing consistent data visibility in such an environment can be next to impossible.
Malicious actors know this and use it to their advantage. Organizations that restrict resources to teams within specific silos limit their network visibility, thereby making them more vulnerable to today’s complex attack strategies. Multi-vector attacks are difficult to manage in an integrated network, let alone when a team has a limited view of network functions. Furthermore, detecting malware can be challenging when the team responsible for security has no control over the data or resources being consumed or delivered.
Partners are in a prime position to help customers strengthen their data security protocols to address this challenge. As a Fortinet partner, you can offer your expertise to help customers identify security gaps while also providing them with best-of-breed security solutions that can also function as a single integrated security fabric.
Here are five steps partners can follow to implement effective security services that bridge the gap between traditionally isolated security devices.
Knowledge of the attack landscape and the ability to quickly respond to threats have become fundamental aspects of customer security. By providing security services, partners can ensure that their customers are protected, regardless of how complex their network environments may be.
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