The weakest link means risk

It was not all that long ago that security was relatively easy to deploy. The bad guys were on the outside, the good guys were on the inside. We simply had to build a protective perimeter, our own virtual fortress that separated the good guys from the bad.

And while this approach worked with varying degrees of success, the design of the enterprise has changed from a centralized, single location to a more distributed environment. Today's competitive enterprises not only have to secure headquarters, but also branch offices and personnel that are constantly moving.

As the enterprise has moved from a central to distributed environment, our security has been deployed as a de facto patchwork of devices. Hackers can quickly figure out the weakest link in the network and take advantage of it. The result is the emergence of unnecessary risk.

In order to secure the distributed enterprise, several extremely important and effective measures should be taken.

Comprehensive, vendor-agnostic security should be implemented where security devices are no longer deployed as point products, but rather as a comprehensive open architecture solution that scales from the smallest branch to the largest headquarters.

In addition, a collaborative approach must be taken where each security device cooperates to root out evasive attacks.

As well, federated access should be installed because employees are mobile and move within the distributed enterprise. Access must be granularly and securely granted based
on employee role and access required to get the job done.

Augmenting your company's current security deployment with an on open, collaborative solution that automatically correlates data from all deployed security devices can help turn unacceptable risk to unparalleled opportunity. And that is something you can take to the bank.

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