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VPNs and SD-WANs offer different benefits for branch and remote office networks, so understand your customers’ needs. By Dirk Morris

Beyond Networks

VPNs and SD-WANs are not the only network security services that distributed organizations should consider, however. Additional solutions are needed to protect networks from emerging threats—like ransomware, phishing attempts, and other malicious attacks—while also managing and controlling what employees can access, install, and use on the network.

When selecting a vendor for networking needs, it’s critical to balance the function that infrastructure plays in connectivity and performance with its role as a conduit for hackers and attacks. Selecting a vendor with a cybersecurity pedigree now could ward off problems down the road.

No matter what solution you choose, it’s important to understand the needs of your customers and put in place a thorough, end-to-end solution that leaves no room for vulnerabilities. Choosing a robust VPN and/or SD-WAN solution built with security in mind is a first step toward safeguarding your customers’ networks.

DIRK MORRIS is the founder, chief product officer, and engineering visionary behind the Untangle network gateway platform. Prior to Untangle, Morris was chief architect at Akheron Technologies, where he invented the patent-pending High Bandwidth Transparent Vectoring used in the company’s proxy firewall engine.

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