If you’re running a small to medium sized business, you’re likely well aware of the struggle. Enabling your team with the latest and greatest technology available without blowing your budget is critical to achieving success.
With the wide range of business support solutions on the market today, this is no easy feat. You need to be selecting the most effective, efficient products that provide the highest value to your team.
Zero trust network access (ZTNA) and software defined perimeter (SDP) solutions have made a significant splash in the security market recently, but do they live up to the hype? Should you be looking to replace your current legacy VPN technology?
In one word, yes. Keep reading to find out why, and how you can do so without breaking the bank.
Reason 1: The world has changed
Thanks to the events of 2020, work is now taking place everywhere and anywhere, far more so than it has ever before. Your team is filled with road-warriors, coffee shop stoppers, and home office heroes. Regardless of where they’re getting their hours in, or on what devices, your team is constantly connected. Reliance on multiple networks, outside of the office, has undoubtedly skyrocketed. This inherently increases the mobile attack surface for your business
Cybercriminals are actively taking advantage of the increased numbers of people working remotely to deploy attacks in order to exploit vulnerabilities in a company’s security. According to a recent report from Google, the number of active phishing websites has increased 350% during COVID-19. There has also been a rise in the use of social engineering tactics to gain access to confidential data.
Implementing an SDP is a comprehensive way to ensure secure remote access. When you put a solution like NetMotion in place, you are able to dynamically secure every single connection made to a corporate resource. Every time a connection is made, a real-time contextual analysis takes place leaving no room for compromise. You can rest easy knowing every single corporate application your team relies on is invisible and protected from anyone outside of the organization.
Reason 2: Reputation is everything
Many small and medium sized businesses hold a false sense of security when it comes to their mobile workers. There’s a resounding thought throughout the community, “a breach won’t happen to us”. And this holds true for a number of businesses, until it doesn’t.
According to Verizon’s Mobile Security Index, in the past year, 39%. of businesses fell victim to a cyberattack. This was up from 27% in 2018. Although attacks continue to rise, businesses continue to fail to implement security measures. According to the MSI 43% of organizations sacrificed mobile security, and as a result were twice as likely to be compromised.
As a small to mid-sized company, your reputation is everything. Word of mouth and customer references are hugely important. One small security breach can cost you, and not just when it comes to ransomware payments or leaked credit card info. As soon as the public catches wind of a compromise, it is more than likely to affect demand for your product and/or services for years to come.
With 55% of businesses compromised by an attack stating that the effects were long lasting, the cost savings of inaction are simply not worth the risk (Verizon MSI Report). By implementing an SDP solution you can ensure your sensitive company and client information is 100% encrypted and secure, even when your workers are outside of the corporate network.
Reason 3: Your employees will thank you
This reason isn’t so obvious. If you’ve ever implemented a mobile security solution before, you know what a pain it can be. Lagging, latency and user error usually cause major downtime upon implementation. Many employees even attempt to find workarounds avoid dealing with the solution all together. This of course makes you question the value of implementing a security solution at all.
If you’re evaluating the new NetMotion SDP platform however, you’ve found an exception to the general rule. NetMotion was built to support a modern, mobile workforce. Instead of hindering the user experience it uses sophisticated data optimization techniques to persist connections and enhance performance. Many customers using NetMotion have employees outside of their department actually asking for the solution to be implemented on their devices.
Having best of both worlds is possible – you can achieve complete security with a superior user experience with NetMotion.
Reason 4: You can still support your on-premise apps
According to a recent study, 98% of businesses still leverage at least one on-premise application. Those familiar with SDP may know that most of these solutions are 100% cloud, meaning supporting your on-premise apps is near impossible. Implementing this type of SDP means you’ll likely have to find another solution to work in parallel to protect your on-premise apps or simply leave them vulnerable.
NetMotion SDP doesn’t work this way. It is designed for companies who are making the transition from VPN to SDP and is the only platform that has both solutions within one console. This means your on-premise apps as well as your private cloud and SaaS apps are easily secured and supported. Every connection is contextually analyzed and approved at the device and the app.
Reason 5: You can get up and running in 24 hours
As a small or medium sized business, you do not have the luxury of shutting down for few days to implement a new security solution. Work must carry on. That’s why it’s so important to put an easily deployable SDP in place to make life easier for you and your employees.
NetMotion SDP can be set up and working seamlessly in a single working day. The solution is software-only, there is no hardware required. Devices do not have to be in the office in order to be onboarded. If you have an UEM/EMM solution in place, the deployment is made even simpler.
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To sum up
SDP may seem complex and intimidating to the SMB audience, but in these difficult times, it’s a sure-fire way to ensure secure remote access for your team. Implementing a solution like NetMotion does not mean you have to change the way your employees work or the applications they rely on.
Lastly and most importantly, your employees will thank you for it. It will undoubtedly improve their user experience and boost their productivity. How many more reasons do you need? Get in touch with us today to learn more about how NetMotion SDP can help.