The growing adoption of cloud computing and remote work has caused the traditional network perimeter to dissolve. As companies increasingly adopt cloud-hosted SaaS applications to support digital transformation efforts, they deploy software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions to ensure that these SaaS applications have the high-performance, reliable network connectivity that they need. With SD-WAN, branch locations are capable of connecting directly to the public Internet without routing traffic through the corporate LAN.
While SD-WAN provides significant benefits in terms of productivity and performance, it also brings significant security risks. Allowing traffic to flow directly from branch locations to the public Internet means that it is no longer inspected and secured by traditional, perimeter-focused security solutions deployed at the corporate datacenter. As a result, branch locations are more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
As companies make the move to SD-WAN, securing their SD-WAN infrastructure is essential to protecting the organization and its systems against cyber threats. Effective SD-WAN protection should include flexible deployment models, threat prevention, and scalable management solutions.
SD-WAN solutions can provide significant benefits to an organization’s networking capabilities, but these come at the cost of significant security challenges. Some of the common challenges that organizations face when attempting to secure their SD-WAN infrastructure include:
When implementing SD-WAN security, it is vital to select a solution that provides all headquarters and branch locations with the security that they require. An ideal SD-WAN security solution offers the following features:
Best Security and Best Networking: SD WAN should not be a choice between network performance and security. An ideal security solution combines the capabilities of a leading SD-WAN provider such as VMware, Silver Peak, Cisco, Citrix, Aruba, and Aryaka with the security capabilities of a top security provider such as Check Point.
SD-WAN is an essential component of many organizations’ digital transformation strategy, and ensuring the security of SD-WAN infrastructure is vital to providing branch locations with safe connectivity to the public Internet. When evaluating solutions, companies should not be forced to choose between network performance and security.
Check Point offers SD-WAN security solutions that integrate with leading Software-Defined WAN solutions, providing both the best networking and best security. To learn about what to look for in an SD-WAN solution, check out this buyer’s guide. Then, sign up to be an early adopter of Check Point’s Quantum SD-WAN.