Approaching Cybersecurity in Borderless Network Environments

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Mobile workforces, the Internet of Things (IoT) and public and private clouds have stretched network borders to the point where they’re no longer recognizable. When your network gateways can be virtually anywhere, how can you keep your critical data secure without grinding business to a halt?

It’s a tough question every organization must answer, especially when faced with increasingly mobile, on-demand workforces and the challenges they entail. In fact, IDC expects mobile workers to account for three-quarters of the U.S. workforce by 2020, while RightScale finds that today, more than three-quarters of enterprises are using private clouds and 71% have adopted a public/private hybrid cloud infrastructure. Add to that, an expected 30% increase in IoT use this year – accounting for 6.4 billion devices – and the challenges become even more acute.

As BYOD programs, cloud applications and IoT initiatives proliferate, enterprises are forced to open the corporate network and the critical data it supports to users, networks and devices they no longer can confidently monitor and manage. It’s no wonder we see a rise in threats emanating from within the network as opposed to outside it.