This is a summary of an article written for DevOps.com by Lior Cohen, Senior Director of Products and Solutions for Cloud Security at Fortinet
"DevOps can be instrumental in accelerating the scalability and agility of organizations. But because few DevOps professionals have adequate security experience or training, it can also expand the risk of threats. And while some organizations are committed to building more secure cloud environments and applications, one survey revealed that 52% of companies scale back security measures when faced with particular business objectives or strict deadlines. And another 68% reported that their CEOs have been known to prioritize business process acceleration over security..."
As organizations expand their footprints in branches, stores, home offices, and a variety of other locations, they are evolving the way they manage and secure their distributed network infrastructure
"At the remote edges, many companies are already using Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to deliver cost-effective, optimized wide area network (WAN) performance while ensuring enterprise-level threat protection. To help protect the internal network, access control and identity management tools continue to proliferate, increasing cost and complexity.
To help ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of your technology investments, it is critical to integrate the LAN and WAN security and management platforms, quickly identify and control the growing number of devices in your environment, and deliver consistent, coordinated protection across your entire network; from branch office to home office. This is the idea behind Fortinet Secure SD-Branch..."
The expanding digital attack surface is making it increasingly difficult for organizations to proactively manage their network security
This has led many enterprises to deploy additional security tools to bolster capabilities to secure new environments and devices. While these solutions may address security concerns, they also create new challenges for security teams to manage, creating additional complexity while reducing visibility and control and the ability to respond to detected threats. Using solutions from different vendors decentralizes network operations, while using static security devices to secure dynamic network environments can create critical gaps in security. And with a growing shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, IT teams struggle to build and maintain security systems that can keep pace with today's sophisticated threats. These challenges are driving the use of SOAR tools to streamline security operations and improve incident response times. According to Gartner, by year-end 2022, 30% of organizations with a security team of more than 5 people will leverage SOAR tools in their security operations.
Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations had already begun the shift toward telework
"By offering this as an option to their employees, even as an occasional benefit, some companies were able to lay the groundwork for managing a remote workforce and ensuring business continuity outside of the traditional office environment. But even for those who had their remote work strategy in place, it was near impossible for anybody to fully prepare for what was to come.
Challenges of Working Remotely
According to Fortinet's 2020 Remote Workforce Cybersecurity Report, approximately two-thirds of organizations surveyed needed to transition more than 50% of their workforces to telework due to the pandemic. While some adapted to this 'new normal' fairly quickly, not everybody had the advantage of a smooth transition. Amid this shift, many faced new challenges in regards to secure connectivity, access to business-critical applications, and assurance of business continuity. Compound this with a lack of in-person communication, both structured and unstructured, and it is clear why many organizations have also struggled with maintaining motivation among employees during this time..."
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