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Protecting organisations proactively with software-defined security

Jul 8th, 2019

No organisation can conduct business without a free flow of information. Today, enterprise data travels through the cloud and mobile devices, popping up on social media networks and micro blog sites – no longer is the IT environment static, or kept within the walls of the organisations, BYOD, mobility and cloud computing have completely revolutionised the way we work, and driven a need for dynamic networks and infrastructures.

“However, as quickly as our IT environment is evolving, the threat landscape is changing even faster,” says Tumelo Mashego, Business Unit Manager for Security at Axiz, SA’s leading value-added ICT distributor. “It is polluted with sophisticated adversaries. The complexity and velocity of this evolution is skyrocketing, with new attack types being unleashed every day, combining known and unknown threats, exploiting “zero-day” vulnerabilities, and employing hidden malware within a variety of documents, on Web sites, and networks.’

In addition, she says the perimeters are blurred and threats grow more intelligent every day. “Oranisations of al types needed a better way to protect themselves in this fast moving landscape, but although there is a vast array of point security products on the market, they tend to be reactive and tactical in nature rather than architecturally oriented.”

According to her, today’s enterprises need a single architecture that unites high-performance network security devices with real-time proactive protections. “Check Point describes Software-defined protection (SDP) as a new, pragmatic security architecture and methodology. It offers an infrastructure that is modular, agile and most crucially, secure.”

Such an architecture has to be able to protect organisations of every size and type, and from any location, including head offices, branch offices, roaming through smartphones or mobile devices, or when using cloud environments. “It is essential that protections automatically adapt to the evolving threat landscape without the need for any intervention from security administrators, or having to manually follow up on a plethora of alerts.”

Any effective solution must have the ability to integrate faultlessy into the larger IT environment, and the architecture has to feature the ability that is defensive, and collaboratively leverages intelligence from a variety of internal and external sources, Mashego explains.

This is why Axiz is bringing its customers Check Point’s range of SDP solutions. “Check Point offers a pragmatic security architecture and methodology, boasting an infrastructure that is modular, agile and most importantly, secure,” she adds.

Check Point software-defined protection brings all the flexibility needed to cope with emerging threats and embrace new technologies. The solutions generate new and updated protections for known and unknown threats and proactively distribute this knowledge through the cloud.

“Implementing Check Point security solutions based on sound architectural security design, helps organisations navigate the complex security landscape, and empowers them to harness the benefits leading-edge information system solutions with confidence,” Mashego concludes.