By Guy Israeli, Security Platforms Product Manager with Check Point Software Technologies.

As you probably know, many organizations have already started adopting the cloud and multi-cloud concept, and the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated that trend. Applications and services are everywhere and everyone is using them. For example everyone is using Gmail, Zoom, DropBox and other applications–you name it. This cloud transition is forcing IT managers to implement cloud architecture for their on-premise deployments, retaining the same cloud concepts of agility, flexibility and automation, along with quick response time.

There are now many more devices on the network than a few years ago. For example, IoT and mobile devices are now on networks, and they need to be protected. And many employees are now working remotely, requiring the ability to connect to cloud or on-premise resources from anywhere. And the threat landscape is evolving as well.

We see more sophisticated threats out there. All of these factors make security a more complex mission than ever before. This is especially true for organizations that are using a variety of products to protect different segments of their networks. As in most cases, these products are not integrating with each other, forcing admins to manage them from multiple consoles and different dashboards, which can lead to security gaps in protecting environments.

By now, I think that we all agree–securing the network is complex. But let’s move on a bit to better understand why. Let’s review a few of the challenges that security teams are facing. In my opinion, it’s a handicap to try to manage all of the security from multiple dashboards. You can’t effectively track or monitor all of the events in the cloud if you need to work across multiple dashboards.

Another challenge is that people in the organization expect to be able to connect from everywhere with any device, and to get access to their emails, their SaaS applications, and their private folders. And the DevOps team expects that the cyber security team will not slow them down during their day-to-day operations. Also, network traffic is doubling every three years.

The security system is expected to meet all of these challenges. But how?

The only way for customers to be able to deal with these difficulties is through greater simplicity and through the consolidation of the security network. To get more information about how to contend with a world of complex constraints, and how to prevent cyber attacks with an AI-driven management strategy, watch Guy Israeli’s outstanding BrightTALK webinar.

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