Modern-day security operations (SecOps) and network operations (NetOps) teams have traditionally
operated in silos. Now they have to have more of a symbiotic relationship. The pandemic has
certainly sped up the transition between the two and with the adoption of cloud, the convergence
between networks and security has become a lot more intertwined.
In order to deliver on digital transformation, considerations from a networking perspective need a
very strong element of security and visa versa. We often find security addressing those challenges
and changes, because of the capabilities and the tool sets provided by cloud/networking security
Previously, networking would have been concerned only with in and out and throughput, while
security would only be concerned with security. Now SecOps and NetOps need to be a collective
The important thing here is to look at the objectives of the business over a long period of time. Pre-
lockdown and before the pandemic, everything was siloed and organisations were slowly migrating
to the cloud.
We’ve certainly seen a shift, where organisation are trying to introduce more controls, to be able to
be more mature/scalable, from a security perspective. Providing a flawless user experience in a
more secure way is a big challenge: it needs to be implemented in such a way that people don’t
know it’s there. You don’t want to impact the way that the user is engaging with their day-2-day
operations or their applications either. Everything needs to be fairly seamless and that is sometimes
easier said than done!
Lockdown and its subsequent working from home restrictions made people consider long-term
strategies from a work from home (WFH) perspective. Applying security controls to those users,
irrespective of where they’re sitting, means they need to be “always on”, therefore VPN is shifting to
an “always on” concept and that in turn means that they’re always secure. Managed detection and
response services make this possible, ensuring 24/7 monitoring of threats. Employees need to be
connected to the corporate network to a certain degree. The difficulty now is more from a corporate
culture perspective, as the challenge is to ingrain new security culture concepts when people are
sitting at home. I think a lot of our customers have recognised those challenges and they’ve been
able to adapt/change/pivot and shift.
The important thing now is not to get left behind. Businesses need to chart their strategy over a long
period of time, and apply controls that are going to meet those objectives over the next two/three
years. Even if things pivot and change you need to have something that you’re working towards. Ask
yourself: how many people are actually going to come back to the office? How many people are
going to continue working from home? This information combined with a thorough cloud security
assessment can form the basis of your network strategy.
Enterprises who are choosing to wait and see might cause themselves challenges with regards to
convergence of networks at a later stage. Our customers that are deciding on strategy now are
already able to implement controls and implement the network so that business can continue as
usual when the pandemic is over. Those that are not implementing their plans now might just be left
slightly behind the curve.