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iboss 2018 Predictions: The Future is Clear - 2018 Will Be A Year of Change for Web Gateways

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Paul Martini, CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss

The Future is Clear – 2018 Will Be A Year of Change for Web Gateways

Ransomware, malware and breaches - there certainly was no shortage of various hacks of all kinds in 2017. Companies have been going through a massive shift in how they assess and implement security measures, especially as the cloud continues to dominate the larger enterprise evolution. With this year coming to an end, what kind of things are on the horizon for 2018?

IoT - It's Not Going Anywhere

Unfortunately, the industry will continue to be plagued by IoT botnets and malware. 2018 will be the year that enterprises and service providers finally realize that waiting for device manufacturers to improve hardware security is a losing proposition and will need to take it upon themselves to secure their networks against compromised devices. An increasing number of enterprises will deploy network security solutions that are designed specifically to protect large numbers of connected devices - which speaks to the distributed workforce uptick.

Enterprises need to be prepared for the continued rise of IoT in the enterprise and the impact it will cause as the last vestiges of a "network perimeter" crumbles. As more and more devices gain the ability to continuously enter and leave the network, each one becomes a potential carrier of malware that once inside the network will spread to more valuable devices.  

The Future is a Distributed Workforce

With all that being said, the focus of the security landscape will continue to be on IoT and Cloud adoption. By now, most organizations have realized the power of the cloud and are moving towards fully embracing the benefits of cloud applications like Office 365. This will lead to more efficiency for remote and mobile employees but will also further complicate cybersecurity policies as IT teams will be forced to deal with the erosion of the network perimeter. The overarching challenge that security teams are facing are determining how to scale their security solutions to maintain pace with skyrocketing bandwidth demands. As more employees are using cloud applications, they require more bandwidth and as more IoT devices are connected, they will be competing for bandwidth.

The rapid decentralization of the workforce and increase in business cloud applications will exponentially add complexity as securing this distributed bandwidth using a centralized approach to cybersecurity will no longer work. Organizations will need to quickly come up with a solution that can secure this suddenly massive amount of bandwidth without facing prohibitive cost increases.

Web Gateways Will Evolve

Companies looking to address these concerns and changes need to have a solid understanding of Secure Web Gateways. 2018 will be the year that legacy on-premises secure web gateways are going to start disappearing. They are simply unsustainable given the decentralized bandwidth demands expected in 2018 and beyond. A legacy appliance-based approach to web gateways translates to backhauling large of amounts of bandwidth to centralized web gateway appliances which is financially unsustainable and requires large IT efforts to maintain.

Looking to address these issues, iboss developed a web-gateway as a service delivered as a cloud subscription. With malware prevention, SSL traffic management, and compliance policy controls, the Distributed Gateway Platform offers complete advanced threat protection and web gateway functionality all within a single, cloud-based subscription service.

2018 will be the year cloud-based web gateways supplant legacy on-premises appliances and it's time for enterprises to look for and implement solutions that can offer the benefits of the cloud without the risks of shared infrastructure. The future of web gateways is available now and 2018 is the year to get on board.

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About the Author

Paul Martini 

Paul Martini is the CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss, where he pioneered the award-winning iboss Distributed Gateway Platform. Prior to founding iboss, Paul developed a wide-variety of complex security and technology solutions for clients such as Phogenix, the U.S. Navy, and Hewlett Packard. He was also a key contributor at Copper Mountain Networks working on designing and implementing FPGAs and broadband network infrastructure used by Telcos to build the cloud. His work at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) involved building distributed real-time systems for companies such as Rolls Royce. Copper Mountain and SAIC both launched successful IPOs. Paul has been recognized for his leadership and innovation, receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award and being named one of Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He holds a Computer Science Degree from the University of California, and has had his work published in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Foundations in Computer Science and the Journal of Analytical Biochemistry. 

Published Friday, November 17, 2017 8:58 AM by David Marshall
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