- Mobile devices are the key tools used by today’s on-the-go employee. These employees’ access services from various devices such as iPads, Android phones, tablets and PCs that all require security. Whether connecting to your home office or small branch, there needs to be consideration as to how to securely access your systems in expanding networks.
- Security will evolve due to APTs (or advanced persistent threats). An APT is a network attack that allows an unauthorized person to gain access to the network while staying undetected for long periods of time. The intention is to steal data rather than damage the business network or organization. It is normally a targeted attack. With attackers techniques strengthening, security companies are collaborating with other security services companies to detect attacks and threats on your network.
- In today’s business environment, most corporations are encouraging a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model as a cost reduction mechanism. As more employers incorporate this model, they also have to be mindful of the security implications that come along with it. As a business owner, you want to strategically develop how you want to deal with the increase device load. That said, with the increase in BYOD, the importance of security at various levels needs to be a primary focus.
- Web servers and applications now have to be protected as well. With the emergence of HTML 5, the challenge is to have a greater emphasis on how to protect both the server and the applications. Before the focus was primarily on guarding PCs and preventing viruses and malware from entering. Now, it is all about protecting what we access.
- Businesses are adopting cloud services and SaaS at a fast pace. It presents a challenge to network security. With the number of cloud applications growing, policy controls for web applications and cloud services will also need to evolve as well.
For example, you would want to control who has access to what? Why? Because not everything pertains to that persons job function or maybe you are trying to protect information from a competitor. Cloud services are trying to adopt their own security model but they also have to pay attention to current security models. As the cloud evolves network security has to as well.
- Encryption is becoming increasingly important at every business. These will bring more unique challenges to network security devices. A network strategy not only has tow work with the security device but also with endpoints, web protection, and mobile devices. Delivering a complete security is going to be critical to any organization.
- Network elasticity has grown to include 4G and LTE networks, wireless access points, branch offices, home offices, roaming users, cloud services, and third parties accessing your applications and data to perform services. These network changes can lead to security breaches. Solutions now need to be deployed at each device or point of infrastructure. Solutions also have to work within the security strategy.