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Give Your Customers a Treat this Cybersecurity Awareness Month - A Balance of Security and Performance

by Kristina Scott ‎10-19-2015 09:52 AM - edited ‎10-19-2015 09:59 AM (3,339 Views)

October is traditionally associated with tricks and fears, and in recent years, the scary reality of cybersecurity in today’s world. President Obama has designated October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness of cybersecurity and increase resiliency in the event of a cyber attack. Since the first National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, public acknowledgement of the frightening reality of security threats has increased significantly. Large-scale breaches of well-known commercial entities from Target to Home Depot have placed security at the forefront of the public – and your customers’ – concerns.


One of the themes of this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month is creating a culture of cybersecurity at work – and this can begin with the workplace IT environment. Supplying your customers with a secure workplace is just as important as ensuring they have a fully functional, efficient one. Yet, it is often difficult to balance optimal network performance and security.


It has been reported that 75 percent of IT professionals experience a decline in network performance when firewall, anti-virus, and deep packet inspection security applications and tools are enabled. These tools are critical to effectively defending against security threats, but their effect on network performance can often impact employees’ abilities to do their jobs. Even more alarming, the same study found that 44 percent of IT professionals feel trade-offs between network performance and security are necessary and nearly 40 percent admit they turn off or decline to enable important security functions in an effort to avoid an impact on network performance. Your customers should not have to worry about this happening in their workplace or consider making this kind of trade-off.


So what can your customers do to counteract this scary situation? Recognizing the need for a balance of security and performance, Brocade developed the first wire-speed inline encryption solution for modular routers, available through its MLX Series. The solution protects data in-flight with IPsec or MACsec encryption offering 44Gbps or 200Gbps throughput. Through solutions like this, your customers no longer have to choose between performance and efficiency and security.


This isn’t the only reason to think about the network during Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In fact, strong security starts with the network. In many cases if your customers are operating on older network technology, there may be gaps that cyber criminals can exploit. Brocade’s New IP network technology creates a strong foundation on which your customers can add necessary security functions, with the confidence that they are performing up to expectations. Since the New IP is based on open standards, your customers can build in the best security options for their specific needs, rather than bolting security onto the network.


This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, consider the balance of security and performance your customers maintain. Brocade can help you transform your customer’s experience with a work environment that is secure, yet doesn’t impact network performance. For more information, please visit: