Security serves as an essential component to growing an enterprise with SD-WAN

As enterprises endeavor to expand domestic and global footprints, agile network infrastructure connectivity across geographies continues to prove an ongoing challenge. In particular, ensuring that data shared over these networks is protected from unauthorized access is a primary directive in today’s evolving cyber threat landscape. These often-contradictory demands call for IT decision makers to invest in innovation that will facilitate network flexibility and agility without compromising security, productivity or performance.

This challenge begs a simple question. How can a WAN deliver the flexibility and agility necessary to help an organization grow without increasing exposure to data breaches and other security problems? After all, if the cost of convenience is increased network vulnerabilities, can it be considered a sound approach?

Many IT leaders today are grappling with that question. From a real-world perspective, according IDG’s 2017 “State of the Network Survey,” technologies such as SD-WAN rank high on the list for future plans of enterprise organizations. From a security perspective, another survey from IDG found that the top priority CEOs currently have for CIOs is “to upgrade IT and data security to avoid cyber attacks.” In turn, 54 percent of CIOs said that “security strategy is an integral part of overall IT strategy and roadmaps.”

Survey respondents are looking to SD-WAN to deal with these issues. Forty-five percent report that increased security is one of the most important potential business benefits to come from transforming their networks with SD-WAN deployments. Among the various reasons that IT leaders see value here is that SD-WAN facilitates the normally difficult task of WAN segmentation, helping businesses deal with issues such as security threats from within, as Network World explains.

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