Overnight, the Coronavirus sent economic shockwaves around the world. No one was spared. In an effort to slowdown the tsunami they were facing, industry moved to technology to salvage the disaster before them.
Before the pandemic, telework was a benefit reserved for senior executives, IT specialists and the privileged few. As the COVID pandemic grew, the need to move to a remote workforce intensified as IT administrators struggled to keep up with demand. Many realized they were not prepared to meet this national crisis as remote workforce policies, core infrastructure and technology shortfalls, end user support requirements and cybersecurity challenges became center stage.
As the move to telework became a matter of survival, the network architecture grew exponentially, creating a new, extended network edge or the “tip of the spear” for users to operate. Working from inside the fortified office environment shifted as hotel lobbies, libraries, food courts, and homes became the new workplaces for remote workers. The hasty expansion and complexity of this new architecture puts data at risk and delivers a target rich environment for attackers to find and exploit network vulnerabilities.
The value of data traversing the internet heightens the need for increased security from these remote work locations. Gone are the days where remote users focused on just answering emails. Today, mission-critical and business-proprietary information flows across the internet, used in finance (payroll, billing, payments); healthcare (telemedicine, HIPAA-protected personal health information); critical infrastructure services (energy, transportation, SCADA systems), and other security-sensitive industries and applications.
Although various security capabilities and protocols exist to protect data integrity, today’s standard practices have become outdated. For instance, the virtual private network (VPN) had its beginnings with the peer-to-peer tunneling protocol (PPTP) in the mid-1990s. Over the years, with the introduction of other VPNs like anonymous VPNs, Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and Transport Layer Security (TLS), their capabilities have remained for the most part unchanged in improving the security of the connection.
To maintain a competitive advantage and stay ahead of an adversary that always seems to be one step ahead, we must continuously look for innovative and disruptive solutions to tip the balance of power in the cyber fight. One such solution is the virtual obfuscation network.
A virtual obfuscation network is a specialized network-as-a-service that brings together myriad capabilities such as network obfuscation, multi-layered encryption, managed attribution, diverse network pathways and dynamic IP routing into one secure package. This package provides you a cloak of invisibility to hide users, their devices, information and critical network infrastructure from unauthorized view and access. By moving from a static to dynamic architecture and eliminating source and destination IP addresses within the network pathways, the attack surface is reduced, complicating the ability of an adversary to carry out a successful attack.
Telos Ghost represents this new generation of internet security architecture, which provides an ultra-secure remote access solution capable of protecting your most sensitive data. Operating under the concept “you can’t exploit what you can’t see,” Telos Ghost provides three essential and complementary capabilities for security and privacy:
- Private Web Access: Secure anonymous internet access; disguises the identity and location of personnel when using the public web for cyber threat intelligence and competitive research.
- Private Network Access: Leased-line security with VPN flexibility; allows authorized users to work with mission-critical enterprise information without being seen or discovered.
- Cloaked Services: Hidden mobile communications, storage, and servers; enable users to securely talk, text, email, store information, and use video and applications over any mobile device
Secure, scalable, cloud-based and easy to use, Telos Ghost provides you the next class of internet security architecture to protect your most precious assets.
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