How and Why to Centralize Network Security
Hardly a day goes by without some sort of security breach making headlines. While these attacks have certainly made enterprise security top of mind for companies, the task of securing an enterprise network has never been more complicated.
Today, complex IT environments, more advanced hackers, the “bring your own device” (BYOD) movement and the growing remote workforce are making security cumbersome and costly. Fortunately, the trend towards the Cloud presents the opportunity for companies to streamline their security efforts and gain a clearer picture of what’s going on in their network.
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What is Centralized Network Security?
In a traditional on-premises IT environment, enterprise security is typically decentralized, meaning companies must deploy an IT agent to manage security and maintenance at every single network location and for every single application.
When a company network is hosted in the Cloud, businesses can centralize security controls for all endpoints – virtual or physical – into one, easy to use cloud-based unified threat management (UTM) solution. This provides network level protection between the whole company and the general internet. Using a UTM platform like MaxxSecure, IT departments can manage security functions like firewall controls, spam filtering, virus and spyware protection, web content monitoring and filtering, virtual private networking (VPN) and two-factor authentication at a company-wide scale.
With centralized security, companies no longer have to deploy an IT agent to individual network locations, freeing them to work on more strategic initiatives. Using the Cloud also eliminates the need to invest in on-premises hardware and maintenance, resulting in both time and cost savings.
3 Benefits of Centralized Network Security
The benefits of centralized security extend from the IT department to all employees, and even customers. Here are three reasons why companies should consider centralized security a “must have,” not just a “nice to have.”
1. Improved Mobility
With the mobile workforce growing, it’s critical that companies support a secure connection to the company network while enabling employees to work seamlessly from anywhere. Bringing security to the Cloud enables companies to deploy virtual private networking (VPN) access, which allows employees to safely access the corporate network off-site. This makes it easier for companies to enforce BYOD policies while extending remote workers’ access to internal resources such as email, applications, file servers and systems.
2. Ensured Quality of Service
Centralized security allows IT leaders to eliminate bandwidth-intensive activities by ensuring web usage is safe and suitable for the workplace. This improves the overall network performance and boosts employee productivity. Managing security in the Cloud means multiple safeguards against single points of failure and greater redundancy.
3. Greater Visibility and Control
Streamlining security enables your network administrator to proactively monitor all network activity in real-time and respond to threats or misuse before they become an issue. A UTM solution typically comes with simple web-based management tools that IT can use to create, edit and enforce corporate security policies. Companies can also monitor network usage and easily identify issues by pulling real-time and historical reports.
Companies can no longer afford to have security operations decentralized throughout the organization. By centralizing network security, organizations can keep their business secure, productive and running smoothly.
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