Traditional security systems are defunct. They can no longer deliver value to the enterprise that is going mobile. There is an urgent and crying need for security systems that will address the specific problems of a global enterprise that has hundreds of employees who connect to the data systems of the organization via the Internet or over dedicated WANs spanning several geographical boundaries. A rethink on security is a necessity and not a luxury.
Proactive enterprises must connect their mobile and non mobile workforce with an “always on” security system that is uniform across devices. They understand the security threats that infiltrate mobile environments and institute the kind of security systems that work best in situ. In other words, they provide data security with no boundaries.
How can this be achieved? Security protocols must be built on well defined policy enunciations. These enunciations must be documented and the workforce must be made constantly aware of the provisions directly via training sessions and indirectly by software implementations that demand compliance to security policy.
The security policy must follow the worker on the device to the location of operation and over the network. It must be “always on” and alerts and audit trials must be default to the system. Attempts to bypass security must be recorded on logs, alerts must trigger software or hardware locks while security-breach-attempts are handled by the IT Administrator from the central management console.
Cloud based web security can be achieved with a unified security solution that is fluid, flexible, scalable and stable. The architecture, appliances and the cloud service must be optimized to location specifications and business needs. The organization must get a return on investment (ROI) in terms of speed, performance, scalability and agility.
The bottom line is that the security policy and the architecture must advantage the organization in reducing the risk of data loss, close security gaps, protect the ROI and help the organization comply with all legal mandates with regard to the data they store on their computing devices. The system must reduce any complexity associated with security protocols and user-friendly interfaces must assist the novice and the expert in navigating the security systems and ensuring that security is maintained at all access points on the system.