1Why Software-Defined Security Can Strengthen Branch Office Weak Links
2Lack of Expertise
Smaller organizations and even some midmarket firms are not able to purchase or lease security appliances for some or all of their branch offices. As security threats targeting the branch become more advanced, and the range of required security functions grows, customer-premises equipment costs can soar. For example, a unified threat management or next-generation app-level firewall appliance is significantly costlier than a basic stateful firewall.
5Cloud Apps/Internet Connectivity
Companies now have apps running both in the cloud and the corporate data center. Additionally, branch offices often have different connectivity requirements. Some use high-speed internet, others use MPLS, and some use both technologies. Each connectivity type requires a different security approach, which adds significant complexity when deploying traditional security appliances to create a standard branch security model.
6Lack of Agility
Companies taking the traditional security appliance approach can experience long deployment times. It can take weeks or sometimes months before the hardware ships, and then consultants or integrators must be scheduled to install, integrate and test the equipment. This process occurs at both initial deployment and when capacity upgrades are required.
8Flexible and Distributed Service Architecture
9Centralized, Automated Operations
Software-defined security also provides a way to deliver services from a single point of control, avoiding the challenging requirement for skilled personnel to be available to go onsite whenever needed. Instead, services can be deployed, increased in capacity and enhanced with additional functions, all without requiring any onsite presence, hardware refreshes or manual provisioning.