Networking as a service (NaaS) is becoming more prevalent in today’s cyber landscape, as it becomes more difficult, costly, and requires more resources to design, build, and manage a network in-house.
NaaS is a growing model in which organizations can remove the burden of having to completely build a network infrastructure from the ground up, and instead rely on experienced network security professionals to provide a comprehensive package of value. This could include network resources, security services, appliances/products, and much more at a single price point for a predetermined amount of time.
NaaS works by applying a service-based model to network equipment. The service provider owns, installs, and operates the hardware used by their customers, and the customer pays a monthly subscription fee for access.
Different companies may take advantage of various degrees of NaaS services. Some examples include:
Corporate networks are growing increasingly complex. The adoption of cloud computing means that many corporate applications have moved off of the on-prem network. This includes corporate file sharing, videoconferencing, and other applications. Employees need access to these applications to do their jobs, and many of these applications are latency sensitive, requiring high-performance and reliable network connectivity.
Deploying, monitoring, and managing the network and security infrastructure needed to support the distributed enterprise is complex and requires specialized knowledge and expertise. A NaaS solution enables an organization to ensure that it has the network infrastructure that it needs and enterprise-grade security to protect it without the need to maintain the necessary personnel and resources in-house.
As NaaS enables an organization to outsource the responsibility for deploying, operating, and securing its corporate WAN to its NaaS provider, it offers several different benefits to the organization, including the following:
An effective NaaS offering provides high-performance network connectivity and enterprise-grade security across the entire corporate WAN. This includes both on-prem and multi-cloud environments.
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is the logical choice for NaaS. SASE combines a range of network optimization features with various security solutions – including firewall as a service (FWaaS), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), secure web gateway (SWG), and more – as a cloud-based service.
SASE points of presence (PoPs) can be deployed anywhere in the cloud and optimally route traffic between them using software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). All traffic flowing over the corporate WAN is inspected and secured by SASE, and an organization can centrally monitor and manage its distributed WAN infrastructure.
Check Point’s Harmony Connect SASE solution provides secure remote access for the distributed enterprise. To learn more about achieving both network performance and security with secure SD-WAN, check out this buyer’s guide. Then, request a demo to see the capabilities of Harmony Connect for yourself.