One of the advantages of SD-WAN is the secure and automated connectivity between branches, and parent branches (or private cloud). However, the move to multi-cloud (multiple cloud providers) and the adoption of direct Internet access across the WAN require the IT team to restructure its entire security posture to protect the business.
Although the basic security of SD-WAN is similar to the features supported by traditional network equipment, several advanced features are not supported by most SD-WAN products available on the market.
Services such as IPS (intrusion prevention system), specific content controls, URL filtering and anti-malware protection are not offered by many SD-WAN equipment providers. Some of them are not even prepared to offer incident detection and response capabilities.
For most business segments that are looking for SD-WAN solutions, especially retail, financial and healthcare services, this is a major challenge. The nature of the business makes each branch an essential and integral part of the business strategy, and protecting these locations is equally vital to the stability of the business.
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Organizations that require a higher level of security should look for secure SD-WAN solutions, which offer NGFW ( next generation firewall ) and UTM (unified threat management) natively within the platform, in order to avoid loopholes and problems in the integration of security solutions. security among third parties, in addition to the additional management complexity.