Security Shift – Beyond Firewalls and Endpoints

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You know that guy who walks around wearing a mullet and that girl whose cell phone still has an antenna? That’s a great metaphor for how a lot of businesses approach their IT security. In other words, some people are still trapped in the past and desperately in need of a makeover.

However, unlike our out-of-fashion friends, the stakes for being out of step when it comes to IT security are much more costly for the business owner.

A lot more.

Back in the early days of IT security, every solution approached the challenge by using firewalls and protecting their endpoints. At the time, no one could imagine the need for any other levels of security to protect their network. But that was before we started aggressively connecting networks, and long before hackers started inventing new and devious ways to infiltrate corporate infrastructures.

In today’s world where the Internet of Things (IoT) and bring-your-own-device solutions are the norm, threats to the network now come from both outside—and inside—the network.

What’s more, a whopping 95%* of all security incidents involve human error, so even if your firewall and endpoints are safe, your employees are more dangerous to your network security than the outside threats. Associates who click on bad links or who introduce viruses into your network via flash drives or personal devices are much more likely to cause severe damage.

As attacks have evolved, the old models aren’t capable of providing sufficient protection.

To address these issues, the network itself needs to become a single security fabric with the ability to detect malware infiltration and provide enforcement on every layer and on all network-connected devices. That’s why Juniper Networks has introduced a new software-defined secure network (SDSN), a new model of IT security that goes far beyond endpoint protection and firewall protocols.

Juniper’s SDSN features a centralized policy enforcer designed to gather threat intelligence from their own SRX Firewalls and Sky ATP Threat Intelligence, plus data from 3rd-party feeds to provide a more dynamic response.

Juniper’s new protocols are able to detect an infected host on the network and quickly apply a policy to the access device that host connected to and kick it off the network before it can do any further harm. Solving your customers’ network security challenges is a lot easier with the new Juniper Networks solution. But your biggest challenge might be helping your end customers to change their old ways of thinking.

Those tried-and-true network security solutions they’ve used from day one aren’t so true any longer. Your job is to help them move to a zero-trust model where nothing on their networks should ever be considered automatically safe.

Once you’ve done that, Juniper’s SDSN solution can help you provide the protection they really need to keep their businesses safe.

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