How SD-WAN Helps Minimize Risk to Data Breaches


The sizes and costs of data breaches have risen throughout the 2010s. In 2017, the average breach cost $3.6 million, according to the Ponemon Institute, and 2018 has already featured what could become the all-time costliest security incident — namely the Equifax breach, which Ponemon estimated might ultimately total $600 million in damages.

What Contributes to the High Costs of Data Breaches?

A majority of the biggest corporate breaches in history have occurred this decade The drivers of these increasingly damaging events are nuanced, and they encompass everything from growing sophistication in attack types to increasing reliance on cloud computing. Some of the more technical causes include:

High Cost and Complexity of Siloed Network Security Features

Traditional tools for securing WANs – including segmentation technologies, firewalls at all branches and additional certificate management systems – are often expensive and cumbersome to implement. As a result, many environments have only patchwork protection against threats and are highly vulnerable to breaches.

Challenges in Securing Branches and Every Node

Incidents at remote and branch offices are prevalent, especially given the shortage of technical personnel both overall and at these particular sites. A breach at a branch can also occasionally result in unauthorized access to other systems across the network. The expansion of nodes on the network has increased the attack surface, and thus raised the stakes for every transported frame.

Larger Volumes of Data Collection and Access

Most of the digital data in existence was created this decade, meaning that there are simply more targets to breach than ever before. The storage of a rising share of this information in cloud computing architectures creates additional burdens in ensuring safe transit and storage.

Can software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions offer a better path forward? Yes, thanks to more streamlined and effective tiers of network security features.

Less Risk, More Visibility: SD-WAN Benefits for Overall Security Posture

SD-WANs help simplify network security infrastructure without compromising on essential protections. For starters, they have centralized orchestration built in. This feature eliminates the need for risk-prone configuration of individual devices and, by extension, lessens the risk of costly mistakes such as making a typo or mismanaging an access control list.

Modern SD-WAN solutions may also consolidate multiple security functions, including IPsec termination and firewalling, into one convenient appliance. That, along with the highest standards of traffic encryption, mitigates device-management challenges, cost and complexity, all of which historically contribute to increased risk of a data breach.

Finally, encryption and deep integrations with next-generation tools from Zscaler and Palo Alto Networks, when paired with other security measures, make the Talari Failsafe SD-WAN a trusted and scalable platform. It’s possible to minimize your breach risk even as your WAN expands to many new sites and services. Learn more about SD-WAN makes this possible by requesting a demo and checking out the eBook below.

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