How to Make Hybrid Work Secure using Cisco SASE

How to Make Hybrid Work Secure using Cisco SASE

An all-in-one solution for businesses to connect with users and employees while keeping both safe online.

Picture this: you’ve just launched your e-commerce store and are excited for users to start shopping. However, soon, you find that users are not able to access certain features on your website and are experiencing glitches. If you set out to discover the issue by yourself, it could take forever and you might lose customers. However, with Cisco’s ThousandEyes application, the service scans your website and reveals the issue so that you can fix it and get your site running seamlessly in no time. Evidently, it’s very useful for businesses adopting hybrid working models.

Data security and online services during Covid-19

The past two years have proven that an online presence is non-negotiable for businesses big and small. Plus, with hybrid working becoming the norm, it is all the more essential to establish an online network that secures sensitive company data. After all, cyber crimes don’t discriminate when it comes to the size of the business. That’s why it’s important to protect your business online using cyber-security measures. But, that can be rather expensive. 

That’s where Cisco SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) comes in. It’s a cloud-based solution you can set up in just 30 minutes and one that allows you to access hybrid work securely whenever you want. No matter where your employees or users are, the solution ensures that your data is protected and their experience is seamless. And the best part: it’s a low-cost solution that is very simple to set up. Unlike traditional data security solutions, SASE merges networking and security services onto cloud-delivered services. This way, not only does your data remain secure, your employees do, too. 

The importance of upping your digital safety

The pandemic forced businesses to undergo a digital transformation. With more and more people working in a hybrid model and relying on online services, it is important to give due attention to your security. When working from home, your company’s data could get compromised by way of getting leaked or lost, among other things. Just installing anti-virus software on your computers isn’t enough. Businesses must be thorough. Here are some Cisco applications you can employ:

1. Cisco Umbrella

An integrated platform that helps secure your internet gateway, Umbrella is an all-in-one security application. As the application’s name suggests, it helps you access a range of security functions on one platform. Some of them include a layer 7 firewall to filter network traffic; threat intelligence to gauge any potential pressures on the system; cloud access security broker (CASB) to control cloud application usage and more.

Overall, it reduces the resources and investment required to cover the security basics. 

2. Cisco Duo

Adding two steps to the security process, Duo helps secure and verify the identity of users on your platform. It does so through adaptive multi-factor authentication (MFA). It employs the concept of Zero Trust, enabling security provisions when you log into any application. Along with that, it also detects and reports any unusual logins or access requests. 

3. ThousandEyes

As mentioned above, the ThousandEyes application helps you discover and resolve issues by pointing you to its source on the network. It’s a quick and effective way to fix problems without disturbing everyone in your team and pointing fingers. It enables you to maintain the integrity of your platform. 

4. Cisco Meraki 

Meraki is integral to an efficient virtual in-office experience. After all, it enables secure cloud-managed networking among employees and users. It encrypts your data to prevent any breaches. You get access to secure devices and wi-fi networking, via SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network), along with the digital infrastructure to manage it. Thanks to that, you don’t need to worry about hiring a lot of IT professionals; Meraki has got you covered. 

The advantage to business owners

Having catered to nearly every Fortune 100 company, Cisco is a reliable security solution. It allows you to:

  • Access an affordable all-in-one platform where you can manage all associated networks in one place;
  • Manage your hybrid workflow easily owing to the end-to-end infrastructure;
  • Increase agility of business processes with their cloud-delivered services, thanks to which you can access data at any time, anywhere
  • Have more control over your network performance, thus boosting the overall consumer experience, and
  • Provide an efficient and easy-to-navigate platform to employees

As a business owner, you cannot compromise on the safety of your employees and company when working in hybrid mode. Cisco can become your best technology partner, providing you with an all-in-one security solution that will not only protect your business but also streamline your processes—and affordably! This way, you can keep your entire focus on your work. To learn more about employing Cisco’s solutions for your business, visit their official website.

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