Due to increasing risk from pandemics, global instability, and travel barriers, dynamic, secure, scalable remote access has become an immediate necessity. Coronavirus is the latest event that is forcing organizations to embrace the digitized workforce. Here are five critical elements to consider as you move forward.
Today, a new remote connection requires 10-15 applications and systems to be modified. This is typically a two-to-three-month process requiring a diverse project team and budget. For large dynamic access deployments, these elements can cause significant costs and delays. The organization must have a simple and scalable solution that can be deployed in minutes rather than months with minimal impact on the current environment.
The world is dynamic. This means an organization can no longer set up a static architecture and walk away. There is constant management of employees, vendors, contractors, applications, IoT, PCs, and more. Internal and external endpoints are constantly in flux, and the access requirements are often changing. Organizations must have a solution that can instantly flex with the requirements of the market without sacrificing security or requiring a massive increase in personnel.
Security threats are already impacting every organization. The threats are growing in number, frequency, and complexity. Adding the dynamic digitized workforce brings significant complexity and risk. VPNs and the adhoc assortment of technologies on the backend are often creating security vulnerabilities instead of reducing risk. Organizations must have a remote access platform that reduces complexity and risk while simultaneously providing granular control of every connection.
Current complex networks have limited visibility into what is actually happening in their environments. Mountains of logs, constant false positives, zero-day/unknown vulnerabilities, shadow IT, and network blindspots are all magnified when a dynamic digitized workforce is introduced. Currently, if a threat is detected, it is incredibly difficult to remove, frustratingly slow to determine the extent of the breach, and often disruptive to business for too long. Organizations must choose a technology that provides instant, granular knowledge of who is connected, what is connected, where the connection originates, When it occurs, and why it was allowed.
Complex solutions are difficult to expand and contract with the dynamic nature of the digitized workforce. Different seasons or events often require a significant temporary increase in secure connectivity. Static, multi-layered, complex systems do not grow and shrink with the changing nature of the market. Furthermore, such ad hoc implementations are increasingly expensive to expand across diverse networks, clouds, and domains. The costs to adequately scale such technologies often exceed the benefits. Organizations must choose a single solution that can scale across small and global networks, local and various clouds, and easily connect to individual entities in other organizations, without massive increases in cost.
Blacksands Secure Connection as a Service (SCaaS) is a unique, industry-proven software-defined connectivity solution built for the dynamic workforce. It is designed to be deployed in minutes within local or cloud environments. It offers an elegant user interface that normal people can use and manage. It introduces cutting-edge security including network invisibility and point-to-point encrypted connections without touching your data. It tells the full story with real-time granular visibility of every connection, revealing the who, what, when, where, and why. And it is designed to scale (grow or shrink) across any size organization locally, in the cloud(s), and across domains. Blacksands SCaaS is the simple, secure, scalable solution for your dynamic digitized workforce.