SD-WAN’s growing popularity stems from the advantages it offers by moving key business functions to the cloud: simplified management, increased efficiency and resiliency, improved scalability, and significantly lower costs. It’s little wonder that SD‑WAN growth is accelerating, and rapidly.
Yet because SD-WAN uses the internet as transport, concerns persist among potential adopters regarding its security. The essential question: Can any WAN solution operating over the public internet protect enterprise information as thoroughly as a purely private WAN can?
The answer is yes and by considering these four areas, the data transmitted over a public network can be as safe as a private network.
While there are always tradeoffs involved in moving from legacy to newer solutions, the gains made by adopting SD-WAN are extremely compelling – as long as security is strengthened in the move rather than compromised. With the right security technology incorporated in SD-WAN and proper preparation, adopting enterprises can move forward with the knowledge that their assets are thoroughly secure – including all interfaces with the public internet, and all enterprise traffic that crosses it.
Trent Pham is Head of Security Products for Windstream and is responsible for the organization's enterprise security service strategy, development, and life cycle management. He joined Windstream in 2016 and has 20 years of security product management experience with communication service providers, security service provider, and startups. Trent also taught information technology at the University of Denver's Information and Communications Technology Graduate Program. Trent received an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and holds a CISSP certification.
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