Lifeline or life threatening? The network supplier choice…

Lifeline or life threatening? The network supplier choice…

The crucial backbone of your business, the network, often suffers from unhealthy or even threatening situations. It is not inconceivable that decisions regarding design, procurement and management are based on outdated and destructive supplier relationships. That calls for an explanation…

Is the way of choosing?

Market leaders, major well-known global brands, usually appear at the top of the shortlist. It is often assumed that these companies offer the latest features, the most powerful hardware, the fastest global support and the most complete product portfolios. Simply put, the safest choice. Or not? A possibility exists that a smaller network party will better understand your real challenges , because they are not tied to any network or technology. You also feel like a customer, because personal or human values ​​still apply. In their drive to outperform market leaders, they constantly challenge themselves to find better options.

How modern is your lifeline?

A recent article from ChannelConnect got us thinking. Read here about Cyber attacks specifically aimed at the home worker in 2021. Home worker technologies such as VPN and RDP are under attack. We asked ourselves whether organizations are doing the right thing. VPN is the lifeline of the home worker, but is it safe enough? The term VPN, Virtual Private Network, means different things to different people. Most VPN Concentrators that we come across, have not had any update for years. Even when they are in a data center, maintained by a Telco! Conversely, nowadays there are companies that run your security stack in the cloud. With such an ‘as a Service’ approach your security stack is always up to date.

Do you get to hear everything from suppliers?

We see an increasing number of companies that seem to be uncertain as to how to best approach their IT security. C-level decision-makers are not always fully aware. For example, his IT manager may request CAPEX budget for ‘upgrading the firewall again’, while that no longer is actually necessary. Technology evolves at lightning speed.  unnecessary. Doing business with an MPLS provider simply means that your organization will soon be overtaken by competition. Such traditional networks are designed to connect enterprise branches between themselves and can simply not support the rapid transition to Cloud. This can be ‘life-threatening’, for example when it comes to cybersecurity or facilitating remote or mobile workers.

An independent view helps

Only you can choose your new network supplier, but first you may consider a double check.  Whether your future lifeline is really safe, and this we can do together. Now it is possible to choose a radically new approach to protect your most precious corporate assets: as-a-Service. The same ChannelConnect article (read here) states that cyber criminals are looking for vulnerabilities that run on legacy systems. For example, vulnerable Windows 7 environments. Modernizing your entire network infrastructure may actually be the best way forward. Instead of holding on to traditional design and principles ​​that year after year, according to the great powers on this earth, should be sufficient for you…

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