Multi-Factor Authentication – A Much Needed Safety Net Against Cyberattacks

January 12, 2021

2021 is the dawn of a new decade, with the new decade the Indian tech industry is ready to witness a revolutionary change surrounding various factors and one of the most important factors that is to undergo this change is ‘Cybersecurity’. This change is validated with the continuous emergence of reports on the increasing number of cyberattacks against India’s government agencies, private organizations and individual users. According to a report by Kaspersky, India witnessed 36 million cyberattacks between January and November 2020, whereas the number of attacks in 2019 for the same months was 18 million. This only emphasises the need for a better cybersecurity measure to be brought in to keep the data safe from cyberattacks. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is one of the best ways to keep threat actors at bay.

In 2020, many organizations had to do a complete overhaul of their cybersecurity measure, a few other organizations had to rejig their security features, especially with remote working culture coming into the picture. All of this leads to one problem – IT Complexity. The best solution for IT administrators is to provide easy safety access for employees who are remotely logging in. Using Array’s AG Series Secure Access Gateways, organizations can provide tokenless, secure and easy-to-use Multi-Factor Authentication. Through interoperability with 3rd party dual and MFA solutions, the AG Series adds an additional layer of defense against unauthorized access and misuse of data and applications. Using this, administrators can adapt the level of support needed using contextual information, such as login behavior patterns, geo-location and type of login system being accessed,” says Shibu Paul, Vice President – International Sales at Array Networks.

Many a time threat actors find it easy to breach the security set up by IT administrators due to the loopholes that come into existence as a result of complex cybersecurity setup. If MFA is provided at the user end, there will be an additional security that will help the users prevent any sort of breach from their end. This will in-turn help in avoiding identity theft, use of stolen credentials, avoiding data breaches due to malicious attacks and so on. While firewalls and antivirus solutions keep the systems safe via backdoor entry, it’s MFA that guards the front doors.

As per Global Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) market report, the MFA market revenue which was $8,967 Mn in 2019 is estimated to reach $16,105 Mn in 2025, with a CAGR of 10.25% during 2020-2025, thus showcasing the opportunity and the demand MFA is set to rise in the next five years. This leads to the question of why now more than ever MFA is of importance. MFA is easy to implement and is considered an inexpensive security add-on by IT administrators. It is considered beneficial as it will enhance the organization’s security by requiring users to identify themselves by more than a username and password. Using MFA an organization can achieve compliance, increase flexibility and productivity by bringing-in stability with streamlining login process and it complies with Single Sign-On (SSO) solution. While providing cybersecurity is now a complex matter since the threats posed by the actors is equally proportional in complexity, a simple add-on such as Multi-Factor Authentication helps take users and organizations one step closer towards keeping the data safe.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. Visit:  www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


Balance Remote Working, Digital Transformation and Distributed Environments with Right Load Balancing

December 15, 2020

2020 not only changed the functioning of the entire world but also led to one of the most drastic changes in the work environment. The concept of remote working which involved either work from home (WFH) or work from anywhere (WFA) was considered as a privilege, but the pandemic led nearly all verticals down a new road. The change has been so drastic that governments and enterprises across verticals are thinking and some have already declared that remote working is either permanent or extended till 2021 and have reformed the policies for smoother remote working. The data supports this statement where a survey reports that 88 percent organizations opted for WFH and 67 percent are planning to make it a permanent work culture. While doing all of this, there is one aspect that many organizations, CISOs, employees and their respective clients worry about, and that is scalability, availability, efficiency and safety as the data that enters the system and the data that exists should not be a reason for disruption. Array Networks’ simple, yet scalable, powerful yet cost-effective APV Series.

This is the right time and situation for the re-entry of load balancers into all the verticals that finds its necessity and can implement it in their organizations irrespective of their operation size. Many industries now deal with distributed work environments, employees working from home and some are even now going ahead with the digital transformation in their organizations. All of these have one common necessity which is the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) which provides load balancing services. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are progressively relying upon web-enabled services and web-based apps for running their business. These web-enabled apps are prone to the Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and attacks from intrusions and viruses as traffic enters the network through different firewalls and ports without inspection. ADCs help reduce risks related to IT security and ensure compliance with data security and privacy regulations,” said Shibu Paul, Vice PresidentInternational Sales at Array Networks.

When organizations take up digital transformation projects, they are complex and have the potential to become unwieldy. The failure rate is high, and there is the need for change management across the organization; only a suitable load balancer is capable of delivering the transformation that organizations require. Open source load balancers are increasingly finding a home on e-commerce sites and in companies. Open-source software has not affected the use of more advanced application delivery services, such as running a firewall on top of a load balancer. Array APV Series ADC provides the availability, scalability, performance, security and control essential to keeping applications and servers running in their power band.

Integrated local and global server load balancing, as well as link load balancing, ensure the highest levels of resiliency for applications, while connection multiplexing, SSL offload, caching and compression work together to deliver the fastest end-user experience possible. What’s more, by terminating connections on APV Series ADCs, applications are protected behind Array’s WebWall application security suite and advanced DDoS protection with machine learning. APV Series physical and virtual appliances are deployed in front of Web and application servers to distribute traffic, scale server pools, maintain persistence and accelerate applications. The virtual ADC is expected to witness a comparatively higher demand primarily on account of the increasing data traffic. The complexity of managing application traffic will increase as disparate devices are spread beyond the data center, requiring lower latency, larger data workloads, and protection from a growing quantity of security threat vectors.

With this, IT organizations can position themselves to finally strike the balance between managing resources while delivering agility and scalability via next-generation data centers.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


Array AG Series SSL VPN Appliances gets ICSA Labs Certified

December 1, 2020

BENGALURU, India – December 1, 2020 – Array Networks, the network functions platform company, today announced that the AG Series SSL VPN Appliances (vxAG on AVX7800) has earned the ICSA Labs SSL-TLS VPN 4.0 Certification. The vxAG virtual secure access gateway runs on Array’s Network Functions Platform as well as virtualized servers and industry-standard hypervisors to flexibly enable on-demand, full-featured secure access for users whenever and wherever needed.

ICSA Labs SSL-TLS VPN testing confirms that AG Series SSL VPN Appliances properly implement TLS with strong cipher suite support while providing certificate management and validation. Additionally, they include proper authentication and authorization, session control and secure operation in either a Reverse Web Proxy or Layer 3 VPN mode.

ICSA Labs that began with the mission to increase awareness of the need for computer security and to provide education about various security products and technologies is today one of most respected security technology testing organizations that offers independent validation of SSL-TLS conformance and efficacy. Enterprises worldwide rely on ICSA Labs to set and apply objective testing and certification criteria for measuring product compliance and performance. While the testing for the SSL-TLS VPN 4.0 Certification was performed only on the vxAG (on AVX7800), the certification extends beyond to include the other members of the Array AG Series SSL VPN Appliances and Array AVX Series Network Functions Platform family. ICSA Labs’ clients benefit by working closely with technical analysts, leveraging criteria for product development, accessing research and participating in consortia, all with the objective of contributing to improved products that benefit customers and the security ecosystem,” said Shibu Paul, Vice President – International at Array Networks.

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, develops and performs comprehensive, unbiased, third-party security certification testing. ICSA Labs tested the vxAG virtual appliance running on Array Networks’ AVX7800 hardware. vxAG indicates that the virtual appliance runs on other hypervisors. The SSL-TLS Certification Criteria, version 4.0 is certification criteria for products that implement SSL-TLS for data confidentiality, authentication and integrity assurance for internetwork transactions. ICSA Labs tests SSL-TLS products against a standard yet evolving set of criteria. The SSL-TLS Certification Criteria is composed of both functional and assurance requirements. The criteria requirements define an industry-accepted standard that all products claiming to have SSL-TLS capabilities must attain. ICSA Labs certification helps enterprises, service providers and government agencies identify and evaluate security solutions with confidence

Array’s scalable secure access gateway centralizes control over access to applications, desktops, files, networks and websites from a broad range of remote and mobile devices providing secure connectivity, end-point and server-side security and application-level AAA policies on a per-user basis. AG Series physical and virtual appliances are deployed at the network perimeter or in front of business-critical resources to provide secure remote and mobile access for employees, guests, partners and other communities of interest.

Array’s secure access gateways are ideal for consolidating remote and mobile access on a single robust platform to provide end-users with a consistent login experience ensure consistent access policies and minimize potential attack vectors. Each Array SSL VPN shares a comprehensive secure access feature set, right-sized seat license packs and an option for low-cost business continuity contingency licenses. The AG Series SSL VPN appliances are ideal for enterprises that need to support multiple communities of interest as well as service providers that need to provide remote access to globally dispersed data centers.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale.

Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


Enterprises Re-Evaluate VPN Requirement Post GoI Relaxation and India’s Leap Towards WFH

November 18, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 5, 2020, tweeted that standing true to their commitment towards ease of doing business, they had simplified telecom department’s OSP (Other Service Providers) guidelines boosting IT/ITeS and the BPO/KPO industry. While this is certainly a big push for enterprises to relax their internal norms helping their employees also to bask in the happiness of being allowed to continue their remote working, there is one factor that needs more focus now more than ever, which cannot be neglected, and that is risk and security management. The government’s initiative will help companies in many ways to cut down their expenses and focus on only core areas which need improvement by dedicating their budgets to just those factors, but this also means that CISOs have more responsibility of keeping their employees within the secure perimeter and this can be achieved with a best-of-breed, state-of-the-art SSL VPN.

Prior to the recent global pandemic, most organizations considered their remote access requirements as met. The MeitY Secretary said that 75 percent of the IT workforce may continue WFH after the GoI announcement. The sudden uptick in WFH users means that VPN becomes core technology to enable the continuation of the business. The biggest problem faced initially was mainly by the BPOs and KPOs that come under the OSP which has stringent policies in terms of data compliance. The initiative by the government is beneficial for the enterprises under OSP sector, however, this would only be successful when necessary security and risk management are in place. The bigger enterprises have already taken all the necessary measures to secure their workforce. The problem would now be faced by many MSMEs who would have focused on temporary or rudimentary resolution instead of long term resolution due to various reasons. But now that needs to change and SSL VPN settings help in maintaining network security regardless of the employee’s location which is ideal for WFH/WFA. The advantage of SSL VPN is it can be connected anytime, anywhere and Array has been named by Gartner as one of the VPN vendors in the Market Guide for VPN,” said Shibu Paul, Vice PresidentInternational Sales at Array Networks.

Traditional VPN solutions typically provide business continuity for a portion of the workforce.

What companies require is a purpose-built platform that ensures the following:

  • Performance and user experience – The ability to achieve latency and throughput performance, and improve the end-user experience thus protecting end-user productivity.
  • Scalability – The ability to scale to a large number of concurrent users on a single hardware platform without performance degradation.
  • Security – The ability to provide not only encryption but also deep packet inspection and application-level filtering without adversely affecting overall system performance.

Enterprises need a centralized access solution that ties together all aspects of the user’s identity, device and network permissions, and can uniformly enforce policies, even for groups they do not control. At this point, it’s smart to look for the best ways to make something good come out of this situation and to create our silver linings. Enterprises need a VPN platform that can grow with you to meet the VPN requirements of tomorrow.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale.

Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


HCI Paves New Path for Data Center Growth and Business Transformation

October 15, 2020

‘Big data is at the foundation of all the megatrends that are happening’, in the current Covid-19 pandemic situation data centers and business transformation are the two most trending topics for any organization. The pandemic has in a way created a revolution in terms of operation due to a meteoric rise in the adoption of digital transformation among businesses. This has indirectly benefited the data centers as more organizations are opting for data centers instead of localized server rooms. Amidst the paradigm shift in the manner of business being conducted worldwide currently, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is helping these organizations in benefitting from the modernization of application deployment and cloud service delivery in data centers as well as individual organizations. According to a report, the HCI market is poised to grow by $32.45 bn during 2020-2024. Organizations had started letting go of the legacy infrastructure and embracing the scalable and virtual combination of their infrastructure, now the process is on fastrack since with the use of HCI. Organizations can overcome the meticulous approach in conducting businesses and the data centers can substitute the hardware components with virtual traditional design.

Companies are increasingly embracing HCI to address security, productivity and other concerns. At times like these, reduced expenditure and increased profits are what the companies look for and HCI helps them in achieving this goal. Traditional three-tier architecture is expensive to build, complex to operate and difficult to scale and adopting HCI will help in not losing control, increasing costs or compromising security. Array’s vAPV virtual application delivery controllers (ADC) and vxAG virtual secure access gateways (SSL VPN) are an ideal match for applications and other workloads running on hyperconverged infrastructures, providing integrated networking and security functions essential to delivering a quality user experience and realizing the full benefit of HCI in the enterprise data center.” said Shibu Paul, Vice President – International Sales at Array Networks.

Array’s application delivery controllers (ADC) can be hosted on the HCI infrastructure to provide application availability (load balancing) and secure access (SSL VPN) that will deliver end-to-end solutions for scaling and optimizing critical enterprise applications. On the other hand, it can also be deployed as stand-alone physical ADC and SSL VPN appliances validated to work in conjunction with HCI for use cases where a higher degree of scalability, performance and SSL offloading may be required. The use of the integrated virtual infrastructure eliminates the cost and time necessary for procuring hardware and they have also greatly reduced the labor required when setting up servers. Acquiring an integrated infrastructure also solves the problem of unifying server management standards. The scope of device control, the frequency of anti-virus software updates, the decision of whether to assign domains or workgroups for each project and other items that are different at each center will all be common. Anticipating the sudden surge in data transfers, data centers will need to consider upgrading to the latest, high-capacity network servers while following due diligence concerning data privacy and security.

HCI offers consumer-inspired user experience making management of virtual machines simple. The known reasons for HCI gaining popularity are simplified design, cloud integration, reduced footprint, faster disaster recovery and hyperconvergence analysis. On the other hand, next-generation HCI or HCI 2.0 has entered the market where it introduces the concept of disaggregated hardware where instead of integrating compute, network and storage resources at the node level, vendors offer storage modules that scale data capacity independently of other resources. HCI use cases will continue expanding as companies set a course to the software-defined data center, private and hybrid clouds and the edge. Breaking down silos and easing operations, HCI puts IT in a better position to support business objectives as the pace of innovation and change accelerates.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


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