Mistakes in security strategy can be quite common as your network grows. New branch offices, cloud services, remote devices that request access to resources in the central perimeter. All these new demands make the management more complex and consequently create more service tickets for IT teams.
The problem is that if your network expands and there is no integration with all locations and devices, there will be less visibility and more work. Therefore, management decisions and security strategies will only be partial.
This is not ideal under any circumstances.
Even if a company has multiple network locations to manage, device configurations and security rules need to be integrated. In many cases, this orchestration is the missing point that would lead to a leap in security strategy.
That’s the challenge a centralized management platform addresses. Any company that adopts this type of solution can simplify the management of different points (branches, endpoints, cloud) by unifying the rules of security management and gain more visibility over the entire environment.
In fact, instead of configuring each security control (firewall, IPS, ATP etc.) in each location, the network administrator can work on configuration only once and replicate it in all locations.
It is worth remembering that the adoption of a centralized management platform should be part of the evaluation of the security solutions that the company will define to protect its network.
In the overall scenario of its strategy, centralized management has many advantages:
The great advantage of a centralized manager is that the platform will simplify the administration of your network. No matter how many sites, devices, or if your network has already undergone a hybridization process (going to the cloud).
Any network administration task can be performed from a single point, applied to any location and will not require extensive staffing for this. Likewise, when it is necessary to create or review a rule, this can be done only once and distributed to all devices.
Reduces repetitive tasks
Instead of copying rules and configuring multiple security devices with the same policies defined by the central perimeter, the network administrator is able to use policy templates and share with different locations for automatic enforcement. This type of feature saves time for the team and decreases errors in settings.
Sync security feeds
An important advantage is that the security settings will be updated in all network locations managed by the central platform. This means, for example, that intelligence feeds that update security products can be deployed to all branch offices at the time they were updated, not requiring an isolated update action at each location.
Promotes quick access to information
One way to simplify the management of network locations is to be able to access information from all security devices from a single panel in real time. Thus, decision making is faster, more targeted and more effective.
By having access to information across all your drives, you can extract more detailed reports, with the ability to customize them for data delivery with a focus on what’s most important.
Increases compliance with market regulations
An important feature of centralized security managers in times of new regulations is the ability to manage logs, which is one of the requirements common to most market rules and laws, such as GDPR.
All these advantages contribute to increase the visibility of all activities in your network, so adopting centralized management among your resources results in a much more consistent security strategy.