Device Management Solutions Boost Network Security
With more than 500 employees scattered around the U.S., C&S needed a secure, cloud-first networking solution that guaranteed seamless access, no matter how remote the workspace. And each of those locations needed a reliable VPN connection that could support a virtual desktop environment.
Remote employees wanted to connect their own devices to the network, and vendors working in the office would routinely connect theirs. This raised security concerns, and Harter realized he would need to prioritize enabling secure connections.
With stringent security requirements at C&S, however, the company needed to fully segregate its wireless network from the corporate LAN. “I was really afraid that somebody would find a way to get onto our central network,” Harter says.
Harter and his team ultimately decided on Cisco Meraki, citing a diverse range of benefits, including cost and ease of use. “It’s just been rock-solid,” he says. “We can manage different networks and devices from one interface, no matter where we are. I use the mobile client at least once a week to test switch ports and firewall settings.”
The company completed the upgrade in 2019, not long after investing in laptops for its entire workforce. Initially intended to meet a growing demand for remote work options, the decision ultimately allowed the company to quickly transition new work models when the pandemic hit in March 2020. “If we hadn’t already done this, we would not have been able to do what we did,” Harter says.
MFA Delivers a Second Layer of Protection
According to Security Magazine, 35 percent of all unauthorized access cases in the third quarter of 2022 resulted from insider threats.
Thwarting the insider threat without disrupting employees’ ability to work can be challenging, says Banerjee. And, for many businesses, securing remote employee access is not enough. They must also secure access for third parties such as customers and partners.
Take, for example, Aha!, a provider of cloud-based product development software that helps companies bring new products and services to market. With more than 700,000 users around the world, the company wanted a multifactor authentication solution to protect its customers’ intellectual property while keeping things simple.
“Security is critically important to our customers,” says Aha! Co-Founder and CTO Chris Waters. “We wanted to find a user-friendly yet potent layered security solution that could protect our customers’ end users from bad actors. So, we added Duo Security two-factor authentication. Not only did this meet a vital customer need but it’s also simply the right thing to do.”