Shell uses analytics to anticipate downtime at drilling facilities, saving time and money on inventory management. Todays columnist, Karl Van den Bergh of Gigamon, says companies can take a step further with analytics and leverage them to automate security processes. (Credit: Photographic Services, Shell International Limited)

When the massive rush to work-from-home started back in March 2020, InfoSec teams were forced to make tough decisions. Some moved internal applications to the demilitarized zone (DMZ), which unfortunately exposes the organization’s services. Others tried to move internal applications to the cloud. This resulted in the rapid expansion of remote access. If those changes were made in a patch-work fashion, performance likely suffered and risks increased.

At the same time, companies can lose or muddy visibility because of remote access. However, when those changes are made with a “fabric” mindset, it decreases risk and improves performance. Companies achieve this by embracing  a single-pane-of-glass management and monitoring architecture that offers simplified workflows for traffic policy configuration, end-to-end topology visualization, and hierarchical grouping based on location and customizable dashboards. A fabric mindset makes expanding remote-access VPNs and monitoring them with security tools much easier.

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