Have you heard of FWaaS? If not, pay attention. It could change your entire approach to network security, and help save your sanity.
Gone are the days when it was simple and effective to connect remote sites with a perimeter firewall, or backhaul traffic to a datacenter to keep companies secure and functional. The way business gets done today requires on-demand access to various company locations, and business applications both inside local datacenters and in the Cloud.
Standard network and security measures are no longer adequate to support modern business needs. Organizations are vulnerable, and IT teams are frustrated and overwhelmed dealing with:
- Appliance sprawl
- Compromised user experience
- Expensive MPLS networks with limited bandwidth
- High-latency VPN access for mobile users
- Multi-policy management
Cato customer Leslie W. Cothren, information technology director at Universal Mental Health Services (UMHS), knows this pain all too well. He recalls how difficult it was to manage a patchworked networking and security environment:
“Specifically I remember updating the firmware on some devices that caused us to lose connectivity. This created a disruption in our record keeping as our branches send key reports directly to our headquarters. Employees generally scan records using copiers, and those records are then stored directly into the appropriate folder at corporate. Additionally, because we deal with sensitive issues like abuse and drug use, employees need free access to internet resources. Policy management was difficult because SonicWALL does not offer agile options to balance the blocking of banned websites while still providing access to necessary information.”
Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) is the future of network security. To learn more about this new market category, how it simplifies network security and what to look for when selecting a service, download our eBook How to Reduce Your Branch Office IT Footprint.