Organizations with remote workforces need new security solutions

Remote work has left many organizations lagging in productivity and revenue due to remote access solutions. 19% of IT leaders surveyed said they often or always experience network performance and latency issues when using legacy remote access solutions, with an additional 43% saying they sometimes do.

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Those issues have resulted in a loss of productivity for 68% of respondents and a loss of revenue for 43%, a Perimeter 81 report reveals.

According to the report, organizations securely connect to internal networks in a variety of ways when working remotely. Some 66% reported using VPNs, 58% said they use a cloud service through a web browser, 48% rely on a remote access solution, and 34% use a firewall.

The many organizations still using legacy solutions like VPNs and firewalls will struggle to scale, face bottlenecks, and lack network visibility.

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33% of respondents said a password is the only way they authenticate themselves to gain access to systems. And while 62% of IT managers said they are using cloud-based security solutions to secure remote access, 49% said they’re still using a firewall, and 41% a hardware VPN.

But there are signs of progress, as organizations increasingly favor modern cloud-based solutions over outdated legacy solutions. Following the pandemic and a switch to remote work, 72% of respondents said they’re very or completely likely to increase adoption of cloud-based security solutions, 38% higher than before the pandemic.

“With today’s increasingly distributed and mobile workforce, the traditional and perimeter-based network model no longer makes sense,” said Perimeter 81 CEO Amit Bareket.

“It’s no surprise that companies are increasingly moving to cloud-based cyber and network security platforms. As corporations of all sizes rely on the cloud to run their businesses, they need new ways of consuming security to effectively prevent cyberattacks regardless of their location or network environment.”

Other key findings

  • 74% of respondents are adopting cloud-based security solutions over hardware due to security concerns. 44% are doing so due to scalability concerns, and 43% cited time-saving considerations.
  • 61% of organizations believe that having to protect new devices is the greatest security concern in light of remote work, while 56% said their greatest concern was lack of visibility into remote user activity.
  • 39% of respondents reported that scalability is their greatest challenge in securing the remote workforce, while 38% said budget allocation was their greatest challenge.

Perimeter 81 unveils new SASE platform combining NaaS with cloud security capabilities

Perimeter 81, a leading Zero Trust network provider for enterprises and organizations, announced a new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) platform that combines its Network as a Service offering with advanced cloud security capabilities from SonicWall, a Francisco Partners portfolio company.

The integrated, cloud-native platform will deliver Zero Trust access to internal resources, user and branch internet security, branch interconnectivity and endpoint security.

Identified by Gartner as one of the most promising emerging technologies in enterprise networking, SASE is a cloud-native architecture model that supports dynamic secure access to organizational assets by combining multiple network technologies delivered as a service, including Secure Web Gateway, Cloud Access Security Broker, Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS) and Zero Touch Network Access with WAN capabilities (i.e., SDWANaaS).

In November 2019, Perimeter 81 partnered with SonicWall to integrate its security services features, including Content Filtering, Application Control, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), File Sandboxing, Real-Time Deep Memory InspectionTM (RTDMI), antivirus and more, to create one of the strongest SASE offerings in the network security space.

Perimeter 81 will be launching Web Filtering and DNS Filtering in Q1 and, with SonicWall, will gradually roll out security features to customers throughout 2020, starting with FWaaS. Additional functionalities, such as SaaS security and Endpoint Protection Platform, will be introduced later in the year.

By integrating SonicWall’s Capture Cloud Platform and real-time breach detection and prevention technologies, the Perimeter 81 SASE platform provides organizations with a holistic and unified security solution to authenticate and consume their network and security needs across all enterprise edges.

Businesses can connect to a single secure network and gain access to physical and cloud resources no matter their location, allowing IT teams to easily access and secure their organization’s networks and users in an agile, easy-to-use, cost-effective and scalable way.

“The consumption of modern network security and cybersecurity solutions needs to fundamentally change. With today’s increasingly distributed and mobile workforce, this paradigm shift begins with replacing the traditional and perimeter-based network model with cloud, cyber and network security platforms,” said Amit Bareket, Co-Founder and CEO of Perimeter 81.

“Our partnership with SonicWall and integrated SASE offering is a positive first step towards this market transformation. Companies are seeking solutions that are cloud-native, easy to use and encompass many functionalities in a one-stop-shop.

“We will deliver a converged cloud-delivered secure access service edge that is needed to effectively serve the secure these access requirements of the digital business.”

“Existing security models are failing to meet the needs of today’s digital business. Organizations are looking to adopt integrated and intelligent networking and security solutions that deliver compute power in the cloud and at the edge,” said Bill Conner, President and CEO of SonicWall.

“SonicWall’s advanced cloud security capabilities and Perimeter 81’s innovative secure cloud-based network offerings will allow us to provide the most advanced SASE platform available today and place ourselves, and our customers, at the forefront of an emerging and promising market.”

Photos: Cybertech Global Tel Aviv 2020

Cybertech Global Tel Aviv is one of the largest B2B networking events in the cyber industry, outside of the United States. Every year, the event attracts thousands of attendees, mainly C-level executives, investors, professionals, and government officials from all over the world.

Help Net Security is on-site this year, and here’s a look at the event.

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Waterfall Security Solutions

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IBM Security

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Roee Laufer, Division Head, Cyber Security at Israel Airports Authority

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Perimeter 81, Q.Rity

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