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How SD-WAN security from OnX empowers critical business applications

“Work from home” has quite literally become a household term for companies across Canada and worldwide. In response, organizations are revamping their networking infrastructure to support remote workers, many of whom will continue to operate away from the office even as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes.

The rapid spread of the virus highlighted the fallibility of VPN-based solutions when it comes to performance and security.

Enterprises that desire improved network conditions recognize the new remote/hybrid work model as well as the evolving ways workers are accessing applications.

With secure remote access now a business mainstay, companies must plan long-term to meet their most crucial workforce communication needs. Affordable software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) architecture and VMware SD-WAN provide faster and more reliable network connectivity than outdated legacy systems.

The following are a few ways an SD-WAN solution can boost your business safely and dependably.

Also read: Tips for building a comprehensive cloud security program

Harnessing SD-WAN security for remote or hybrid work

SD-WAN is the most advanced connectivity option on the market, with VMware SD-WAN recognized as the technology’s most widely trusted deployment avenue.

Through powerful VMware SD-WAN, enterprises are combining multiple network connections from varied locations into a single, powerful communications framework. The result is more speed, security, and reliability, alongside the flexibility to use links of any type—including lower-cost broadband—all managed from a central portal.

As remote working solutions can’t compromise on security, it’s incumbent upon organizations to furnish home offices with the same data integrity measures utilized in traditional office environments.

To protect your infrastructure from phishing scams, bots, and viruses, your SD-WAN security solution should deliver:

  • Next-generation threat prevention as a cloud service.
  • Public cloud security and compliance.
  • Increased protection and threat assessment.

Threat emulation functionality prevents infection from targeted malware attacks, offering your network the best possible threat capture rate. Additionally, automated intrusion protection forms a nearly impenetrable barrier by monitoring, tracking, and disabling potential threats.  Along with stopping outside attacks, the program also compiles actionable data and analytics about potential new dangers to your network.

No matter your organizational scope, Check Point’s CloudGuard Connect (now Harmony Connect) and CloudGuard SaaS (now Harmony Email and Office) solutions will provide a high-end defense to your SD-WAN security environment.

Also read: What to look for in a cloud security partner

Through OnX-integrated technology, your network will be enhanced by:

  • Cloud-delivered threat prevention.
  • Zero-day threat prevention.
  • Cloud-native architecture.
  • Simple, intuitive web management.
  • Optimized WAN security.

Powering secure business activities in an uncertain time

Companies are increasingly turning from traditional WAN architectures to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to support their cloud and NaaS applications.

But as all SASE solutions aren’t created equal, a hosted cloud security partnership with OnX is key for the continuing efficacy of your network.

Check Point provides organizations with advanced threat prevention, reducing complexity and lowering total ownership cost. What’s more, the OnX-integrated innovation protects SaaS, IaaS, and branch office assets through dynamic scalability, intelligent provisioning, and consistent control across physical and virtual networks.

The Check Point SD-WAN security solution also contains:

  • IPS, anti-bot, and antivirus solutions to safeguard networks from known and potential threats.
  • Application control and URL filtering to enforce safe web use.
  • HTTPS inspection to prevent threats inside encrypted HTTPS channels.
  • Voice-over-networking solutions for optimal quality of customer experience.

Jhonatan Almaraz, Senior Manager of Network Engineering at OnX, says the reliability and security of a managed SD-WAN network solution is a boon for today’s forward-thinking companies.

OnX has leveraged SD-WAN technologies to help our customers along their journey to the cloud and their path to digital transformation.

Organizations are now facing the challenge of how to secure this new, flexible, always-on network, where an application can live anywhere in the world, and employees can work from anywhere in the world.

Check Point’s Harmony Connect [formerly CloudGuard Connect] and Harmony Email and Office [formerly CloudGuard SaaS] enable our customers to make the network decisions and application decisions that are best for their organization without the added difficulty of securing a malleable, distributed network.

Jhonatan Almaraz
Senior Manager of Network Engineering
OnX Canada

Executives interested in SASE must plan around the long-term business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, adds Michael Leonard, Senior Product Marketing Manager with VMware, which partners with OnX on SD-WAN technologies.

VMware SD-WAN, managed by OnX, is ideal for enterprises seeking business continuity solutions to enable a remote digital workforce, delivering consumer simplicity, enterprise quality, and maximum flexibility for a dynamic and challenging environment. Providing quality access from home is critical in empowering employees to continue business activities in this uncertain time.

Michael Leonard
Senior Product Marketing Manager

Also read: Why hosted cloud security with CloudGuard SaaS is ideal for guarding your SD-WAN environment

Conclusion: OnX is the right SD-WAN partner for your enterprise

Outmoded SD-WAN is often the one facet of IT standing in the way of business agility.

Cloud-delivered SD-WAN from OnX is an agile platform to securely deploy, manage, and monitor hybrid public, private, wireline, and wireless networks.

Contact OnX for more information on how to modernize your networking environment through secure and reliable remote access solutions.