Efficiently Securing User Communities with IT Appliances

Disruptive IT Trends3 minutes readOct 13th, 2011

There are many business challenges that drive the need to secure network access by teleworkers and travelling laptop users:

  • CIOs worry about security breaches eroding customer trust, with subsequent impact on reputation and revenues.
  • New IT services must comply with corporate security policies, often slowing deployment of these services just when the business needs greater IT agility to differentiate itself.
  • During a natural disaster or other form of business disruption, is it easy (or even possible) for users to reach mission-critical resources, allowing the business to continue operations?
  • Regulatory compliance can impose large costs on the enterprise, so maintaining network security is a must.  But does that mean that network security has to be expensive or tough to implement?

Perhaps the answer to these challenges lies in the use of security appliances.  Ideally, these package hardware and software, as well as codified implementation and configuration best practices, to reduce the time, effort and cost involved in designing and implementing network security. 

One new area of network security appliances focuses on making it easy and inexpensive to lock down a large number of user end-points.

To support remote access and a traveling workforce, this new form of security appliance is small, easy to implement, quick to deploy and trivial to transport.  In essence, it’s a security solution packaged on a USB stick that uses bit-splitting technology to connect to secure access points based on communities of interest.  These devices are easy to deploy, ensure only authorized, authenticated users have access to the enterprise’s network resources, and require no applications changes to implement.  Loss of these small devices is generally not an issue – typically they are of no use without credentials and they self-destruct their functionality upon tampering. Fast, easy and bulletproof security is the result.

These small new security appliances help prevent security breaches while using public or private networks. They simplify implementing secure remote access for teleworkers, mobile staff, contractors and first responders. They can reduce the cost of meeting regulatory compliance related to network security, as well as reducing implementation time, staff overhead and network operations.

Although there are other security challenges that can be met with other types of security appliances, I think you will find these “security-on-a-stick” solutions can meet a large number of business objectives for simplifying and reducing the cost of remote access and mobile worker network security.

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