Juniper Connected Security: On Defending a Multicloud Environment

By Trevor_Pott posted 06-17-2019 09:54


Juniper Connected Security


Effective information security requires gaining visibility into potential threats and preventing the spread of malicious activity when it occurs. In a multicloud environment, it is easy to lose viability due to lack of control over the underlying infrastructure. Defending those same multicloud environments can be resource intensive, as maintaining consistent security policies across multiple infrastructures is complicated. Juniper Connected Security can help.


Juniper Connected Security enables organizations to see, automate and protect users, applications and infrastructure across the network. Using automation, machine learning and real-time intelligence, Juniper Connected Security seamlessly integrates with other security and network solutions to ensure consistent security policy from endpoint to edge and every cloud in between.


The Juniper Connected Security solution not only includes firewalls, advanced threat prevention, visibility, management and analytics, it brings security and threat intelligence to every point of connection across your network, including your routers, switches and endpoints. It also interoperates with other vendor solutions since true defense in depth cannot be achieved from a single vendor offering complete visibility and protection.


Beyond the perimeter


There are many buzzwords in use today which attempt to restate a problem we’ve known about for decades: Large, flat network architectures with only perimeter defenses are an existential risk. A perimeter-only defense model means that if any workload behind the perimeter is compromised, that compromise can quickly spread. The perimeter is no longer easy to define and you can’t effectively secure a perimeter that is congenitally changing.


Exacerbating this is the move to cloud. while the efficiencies of the cloud are attractive, security can remain a question mark and requires a more comprehensive answer than just a traditional firewall.


Pieces solving a puzzle


Effective IT cannot be accomplished without automation. The interoperability of security products should be a primary concern, since this is a consideration with long-term ramifications.


If the security product family you pick today is proprietary or inflexible, there is a strong chance that you'll have to replace it in five years with something completely different. That's a potentially significant problem when you consider how integrated into automation security products must be.


Security products can no longer be considered point solutions that meet some immediate need and are then largely forgotten about. They are strategic investments that should integrate with existing investments well into the future.


Information security must be a part of all aspects of an organization’s IT processes. It cannot be an afterthought or merely a supplement. Prevention must include detection, mitigation and enforcement as close to the source as possible. Without ensuring integration, this can increase complexity, operational costs and strain on the organization.


Real-world enterprise IT


The average enterprise has between eight and 12 nameplate security products in their network. This drives up complexity, creates blind spots and relies on multiple teams to manage these products, all while driving up operational costs.


The premise of Juniper Connected Security is that we protect users, applications and infrastructure by connecting multiple technologies and bringing threat intelligence to networking infrastructure.


Consider, for example, the problem of isolating a compromised device. With the integration of security, monitoring and the network infrastructure, Juniper Connected Security offers defenders the ability to act on threats deep inside their perimeter, including blocking threats at the access port level with – or without – an endpoint agent.  


Complicating the security landscape is the explosion of IoT devices, most of which were not designed with security as their first priority. Successfully securing an organization today means having visibility everywhere, across every infrastructure, being able to identify a threat quickly and take action with pinpoint accuracy. In other words – See, Automate, Protect


Connect with us at Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit


To learn about Juniper Connected Security stop by booth #375 at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, starting today through June 20, in National Harbor, Maryland.


Join us to learn about some of our emerging capabilities, including how we can help your organization solve security challenge. Learn how to protect against DDoS, Advanced Threats and how to secure your cloud infrastructure with Juniper Connected Security.