April 13, 2010

Borderless Enterprise Security for Web 2.0

  • Cisco's Security Vision for the Borderless Enterprise
  • Making Web 2.0 Safe for Business
  • Cisco Systems

Remote and mobile working. Mobile devices with multimedia and PC-like capabilities. Internet-based collaborative work tools. Social networking, instant messaging, and Skype. Virtualization, cloud computing, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Cisco WebEx and Cisco TelePresence. These Web 2.0 trends, technologies, and tools allow people to work far more efficiently, and be more connected to information and to one another, than ever before.

And with every advance in technology that enhances connectivity and communication, there's an acceleration in the migration from the "traditional" office environment, where work happens behind fortified network walls. In fact, every user today is, in some way, a mobile user--whether the user is connecting to the network or the Internet via a web-enabled smartphone or a laptop with a VPN connection.

With the clearly identifiable boundaries of the traditional corporate perimeter quickly dissolving, many organizations find they are at a critical crossroads: whether to fully embrace the value of mobility and Web 2.0 or to cling to the safety they believe is provided by their well-established security fortress.

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In theory, a "borderless network" is a great concept. Access to anything by anybody from anywhere - assuming they have appropriate permissions.

This paper does a great job of succinctly addressing that question of "appropriate permission" by looking at the various points in the network where security needs to be addressed and introducing a security architecture with components to meet these needs.

Overall, a super paper regardless of your exact choice of supplier because it raises questions and suggests answers that all networks need to address.

Btw, you may find out more about the basic concepts behind Borderless Networking by clicking here.

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