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How to Protect Your Service Edge with Advanced Network Management

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According to one 2020 study, nearly 7 of ten organizations experienced one or more endpoint attacks in the previous 12 months. Other research found that attacks on endpoints are a favorite target of cybercriminals, with 81% of businesses experiencing an attack involving some form of malware and 28% experiencing attacks involving compromised or stolen devices.[1]

Cybercriminals spend their time determining the most effective way to penetrate your IT infrastructure. Increasingly, they have determined that trying to scale the walls of your castle-like defenses is not worth the effort. They’ve come to understand that attacking the exposed extremities of your network that have slipped beyond your security perimeter are much juicier targets.

There is a way to fight back – building security into an intelligent network. Implementing advanced networking is critical for organizations that have seen a steady migration away from the traditional perimeter-based network to a landscape where endpoints are scattered outside of a central office and users gain access from a VPN.

As your perimeter continues to expand beyond your four walls, you need to extend your security to the far end of your service edge as well. This has led to the concept of the secure access service edge (SASE) which protects every user endpoint that must access the network remotely. The acceleration of traffic outside a physical perimeter has increased the need to push the security service edge closer to the internet.

Cisco’s approach to SASE combines leading network and security functionality in a single, cloud-native service to help secure access wherever users and applications reside. With Cisco SASE, security functions are delivered in two broad categories – Cisco Umbrella, which is the cloud-delivered security capability and through Secure Web Gateway which effectively means proxy in the cloud.

Cisco SASE operates on the concept of three C’s – Connect to enable your remote workforce, Control, which simplifies your security profile, and Converge, which unites security and networking through a flexible, integrated approach that meets multi-cloud demands at scale.

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[1] 50 Endpoint Security Stats You Should Know in 2021, by Caitlin Jones, Expert Insights, October 26, 2021