The evolution of the corporate network has rendered legacy security models and solutions obsolete. Software Defined Perimeter solutions, which are devised to limit access to resources only to authorized users, offer cybersecurity and access management designed for the modern enterprise.
In the past, most organizations relied upon a perimeter-focused security strategy. This security model assumes that all of the threats originate outside of the organization and that everyone with access to the internal network is trusted. By deploying security solutions at the network perimeter, this security approach inspects all inbound and outbound traffic and tries to keep the attackers on the outside and the organization’s sensitive data on the inside.
While this approach was never 100% effective, the rise of cloud computing and a remote workforce made it even less applicable. Now, a large percentage of an organization’s resources and employees are located outside of the traditional perimeter.
As a result, organizations must routinely allow external parties access to the internal network and sensitive information to flow outside of the perimeter. The challenge becomes ensuring that these information flows are secured and going to the right places.
A software-defined perimeter solution is designed to meet this challenge. By limiting access to the internal network based upon user identity, it dramatically limits the organization’s threat surface and exposure to cyber risk.
An SDP solution limits access to resources only to authorized users through a multi-stage process:
Implementing SDP has been considered best practice for some time now. It enables an organization to effectively implement and enforce a zero trust security model. By doing so – and moving away from the traditional perimeter-focused model – organizations dramatically decrease their cybersecurity risk. Even if an attacker successfully compromises a user’s account, their access and ability to move laterally within the organization’s network is limited by the permissions assigned to that particular user.
However, the importance of deploying an SDP solution has grown dramatically due to recent events. A mostly or wholly remote workforce dramatically increases an organization’s vulnerability to cyber threats. Some common examples of the risks of a remote workforce include:
SDP is ideally suited to address all of these potential threats to an organization’s security. Check Point CloudGuard offers a number of different features that help to protect cloud infrastructure and remote workers. To learn more about CloudGuard’s capabilities, check out this solution brief.
To learn more about CloudGuard and how it can help to protect your organization, contact us. Then, request a demo to see CloudGuard in action.