The LAN edge presents a broad and potentially vulnerable target for cyber criminals, and many LAN solutions lack built-in security, so they end up being secured with add-on solutions that add cost and complexity. Even solutions that have security often aren't integrated with the LAN edge, which can lead to opportunities for configurations to drift and cybercriminals to slip through the gaps. When it comes to managing the LAN edge, IT organizations face a number of challenges:
- Keeping different configurations in sync
- Gaining visibility across the network
- Managing differing levels of access
- Dealing with high total cost of ownership (TCO)
Although users want fast Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, IT staff needs secure solutions that reduce complexity and overhead so they can focus their time on strategic initiatives rather than spending time managing common network issues.