EDITOR ’ S QUESTION
DON BOXLEY , CEO AND CO-FOUNDER , DH2I
would respectfully offer that ransomware is not slowing , but in fact growing at an exponential rate . Recent research from Cybersecurity Ventures backs this up , indicating that ‘ by 2031 , ransomware will cost victims US $ 265 billion annually , and it will attack a business , consumer or device every two seconds .’
As a result , this is a major reason why we are seeing software-defined perimeters ( SDP ) pull-ahead of VPNs as the dominant technology for remotely connecting people and devices . Historically , most recognized that VPNs are buggy and the performance is spotty .
However , most importantly when it comes to ransomware protection , it is now known that due to their inherent design , VPNs allow for fast and easy lateral network attacks from bad actors . SDP on the other hand eliminates VPN vulnerabilities .
Back to the question at hand . While I am of the opinion that ransomware shows few signs of slowing , I would suggest that even if it were , complacency is never an option . On the contrary , vigilance will always be required when it comes to data and operations protection , as well as across virtually every other aspect of data center management .
I would add that oftentimes it ’ s not complacency that is getting in the way of progress . An aversion to change can be a tremendous obstacle .
With SDP , servers , IoT devices , applications and users can be connected – without the need for VPNs – thereby ensuring reliable network security . In fact , SDP enables its users to build zero trust network access ( ZTNA ) tunnels that securely connect on-premises sites and / or hybrid and multi-cloud environments . And , direct connect SDP gateways mean no ‘ middleman ’ data path intrusions . With the right SDP software solution , users can enjoy reliable , secure connectivity with industry-best performance .
I would add that oftentimes it ’ s not complacency that is getting in the way of progress . An aversion to change can be a tremendous obstacle . Today ’ s vendors know this , and consequently have purposefully streamlined the evaluation , purchase and deployment process – especially when it comes to new and innovative technology solutions .
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