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by Marc Solomon, Vice President of Security Marketing

As connectivity continues to expand, security must advance right along with it.

More than thirty years ago, John Gage of Sun Microsystems coined the now famous phrase: “The network is the computer.” Indeed the true power of the computer comes from being connected, and with more devices connected the power grows exponentially. We see this today with cloud computing and increasingly with the Internet of Everything (IoE) which is creating unprecedented opportunities for networked connections among people, processes, data, and things.

Largely because of this exciting evolution, we are now facing a similar inflection point with respect to security. To capture opportunities made possible by ever-expanding connectivity, security must evolve in lock-step. In effect: “The network must become the security device.” Let me explain.

The widespread adoption of the cloud and the IoE brings new business opportunities in the form of greater speed, efficiency, and agility, while also changing the game on where data is stored, moved, and accessed.  Read more...