Tipss for seamless security and improvements in practice
As users and data consumers, most company employees are now very used to having instant access to the content, applications and data they need. The boundaries between desktop and cloud applications are virtually blurred. This goes so far that most users probably don’t even care where the application is running. From a technology perspective, however, the shift to the cloud and the widespread availability of software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has brought about a stunning shift in the technology and software industries. The “where” of data and application storage has thus become irrelevant. NetMotion, provider of a platform for secure and stable remote computing, points out important security aspects.
Microsoft first introduced its Azure cloud platform on February 1, 2010. Over the past decade, the company’s cloud offerings have expanded exponentially. A variety of powerful applications from Microsoft 365 are now available to everyone. When it was first announced in 2008, few people could have grasped the far-reaching impact of this new software platform. Along with companies like Amazon and its AWS platform, this was the beginning of the widespread adoption of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model for software delivery over the web.
From the traditional approach of collaboration to the cloud
Until that time, well-known applications and “drives” such as SharePoint and OneDrive were traditionally installed locally on servers and in enterprise data centers. These proved to be quick and convenient, especially if you were an employee within the protected walls of the corporate network. They made it possible to quickly save, access and share even large documents and files with colleagues. The popularity of centralized storage grew rapidly, thanks to the ease of use and convenience of maintaining “version control” in the team.
Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement. With a growing workforce becoming more mobile and agile, it made perfect sense to increasingly move resources to the cloud, where they were even more accessible. This not only saved time and budget, but also freed up workers in the company who could focus on the applications instead of taking care of the physical storage.
SASE built on a zero trust security position
Microsoft’s Conditional Access solution, in conjunction with NetMotion’s Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP), ensures that each connection to an enterprise resource (such as SharePoint) is contextually analyzed and approved by both the user and the application itself. Without this explicit permission, the resources on the network remain “dark” or hidden, virtually eliminating the risk of detection.
Contextual Policy Engine
NetMotion provides IT teams with powerful parameters for the policy engine to ensure high performance and the best possible security measures for users and enterprise resources. This allows IT teams to prioritize business-critical applications to deliver the best connectivity and bandwidth even in poor Wi – Fi or cellular network quality. In addition, traffic can be selectively tunneled without losing visibility or control, providing tremendous flexibility.
Optimized user experience
NetMotion is the only security platform on the market that actively improves usability for the end user. Troubleshooting the devices of remote workers is easier. Collaboration with teammates remains intact, connections are maintained and not interrupted, and traffic from both audio and video data is optimized for the best possible experience. The result is fewer trouble tickets and happier, more productive users.
Cloud versatility, seamless security and happy users
As resources shift to the cloud, the importance of cloud-based security frameworks like SASE continues to grow. As seen during the pandemic, malicious actors have increasingly relied on sophisticated phishing attacks and other tactics, often posing as employees to gain access to corporate networks and their resources.
NetMotion’s SASE model works seamlessly with Microsoft’s cloud services to mitigate these risks by focusing on identity-centric security. It thereby reduces the risk that malicious actors can move sideways through a network. The solution also supports the most direct, secure connection possible and reduces the impact of latency. In combination with Microsoft and NetMotion cloud services, employees can use cloud applications without the risk of compromise. All this is done without sacrificing usability, which is a particularly important factor, since so many employees continue to work mobile.