At the start of a New Year, people often take stock of the trends that will inform their decisions and actions going forward. Of the trends likely to have an impact on network security over the coming year, the “borderless enterprise” is a big one.

“Borderless” environments exist at companies with networks that support “anytime, anywhere” access to digital information from a varied number of devices; and store and manage data and applications in the cloud. For organizations that want to stay competitive, “borderless” is the new reality. So are the cybersecurity threats it introduces.

What Does A Borderless Environment Look Like?

The borderless network is built on a resilient foundation of hardware and applications that allows an organization to virtualize, collaborate and scale. It provides the growing digital economy with data to serve consumers everything from the best deals to how to register to vote.

Borderless networks are constantly changing as more mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices connect to them and sanctioned third parties are given access. In the process, they’ve become increasingly complex, as have the means to secure them.

Many IoT devices provide an entry point for threats to cloud services and applications as well as hybrid cloud and on-premises environments. And while many enterprises allow software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), the unsanctioned use of third-party shadow IT has emerged as as a threat to data security.

How Does the Threat Landscape Impact Borderless Network Security?

Compounding the complexity in borderless environments is the growing sophistication of threats. Malware, for example, is becoming smarter and more adaptive.

Exerts predict that within the year, we’ll see malware that can recognize its environment and autonomously resist security. At the same time, cyber criminals are banding together to deploy attacks in combination to maximize their chances of success—whether that means blocking access to web services, data compromise or both.

Borderless Networks Need Dynamic Security

Choosing a security approach that can dynamically adapt to your borderless IT infrastructure and intelligent cyber threats isn’t easy. Unfortunately, next-generation firewalls of past years are no longer adequate because they protect only applications and network traffic — not the entire attack surface. They also collapse multiple security functions into a single appliance, which can cause misconfigurations and missed log incidents — increasing the chances a breach will go undetected.

What’s needed instead is a collaborative, layered defense that dynamically protects data, users and applications as they move to and from the cloud.

At SpartanTec, we recommend the an Enterprise Firewall, which integrates best-in-class next-gen firewall technology with collaborative security enabled by layers of protection. Key advantages include:

  1. Scalable, centralized management with automation to enhance visibility, and improve incident response times and threat mitigation.

  2. Layered security to match the type of deployment required, whether a central firewall or internal segmentation firewall, and enable the right security technology, whether malware inspection or application control.

  3. Integration with a platform that communicates with the enterprise firewall to determine which network intelligence to share across the enterprise — reducing complexity by decreasing the need for multiple touch points and policies.

SpartanTec, Inc. can deliver the advantages of a dynamic, collaborative security platform with the new generation of next-gen firewall technology. Contact us.