SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

January 11, 2011 11:00 ET

The Zen of Secure Network Access

Traditional Boundaries Between the Enterprise IT Infrastructure and Public IT Infrastructure Are Riddled With Holes, So How Do the Top Performers Provide Network Access That Is More Secure and Compliant?

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the release of a new research study called The Zen of Network Access: First There Was a Border, Then There Was No Border ... Then There Was, which shows that organizations investing in secure network access solutions experienced 8-times fewer security- and compliance-related incidents than all others, while also spending 3.5-times less on a per-user basis.

Aberdeen's research confirms the ubiquity of traditional network firewall technologies, which have been deployed by virtually 100% of all respondents. But the research also makes it clear that most companies have augmented their network firewalls -- because so many paths have been opened through them -- with complementary technologies that are designed to address what the traditional firewalls cannot, e.g., intrusion detection / prevention solutions on the network, and anti-virus / anti-malware solutions at the endpoints. And yet the traditional, signature-based approach for these complementary technologies is under significant stress in its own right. The approach of determining what is "good" by detecting and subtracting what is known to be "bad" is increasingly giving way to the alternative approach of establishing what is known to be "good" and moving forward from there.

Successful initiatives to secure network access in today's dynamic environment require capabilities to address the following basic questions: What devices are on our network? Which end-users are on our network? Prior to connection, are the devices and end-users in compliance with our established policies? Post-connection, have the devices and end-users sustained compliance with our established policies? Do we have enterprise-wide visibility into the current status of our network devices, endpoints and end-users, a common management view of relevant information and events, and the ability for automated enforcement of policies?

"The enterprise border or perimeter should be thought of as the virtual boundary that separates the IT infrastructure over which the organization has -- or should have -- visibility and control, and the IT infrastructure over which the organization does not have visibility and control," commented Derek E. Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen Group. "Note that having visibility and control over resources does not necessarily imply having ownership of those resources, however, as in the examples of cloud computing or employee-owned mobile endpoint devices."

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