DIY Network and Security Management ‘Gotchas’ to Watch

 DIY Network and Security Management ‘Gotchas’ to Watch

Points to consider when deciding whether to roll your own network.

Nishant Singh

When it comes to managing network and security connectivity, there are essentially two approaches enterprises can take. They can do it themselves using off-the-shelf box providers, or they can outsource the work to a managed service provider who offers the same features and functionality but handles it through the cloud.

There are benefits to both approaches, but we’re going to focus on a few of the gotchas do-it-yourselfers (DIY) may encounter by attempting to handle both networking and security connectivity in-house.

What Can Go Wrong?

In short, quite a bit. Historically, DIY network management was fairly straightforward. You needed someone who could connect branch offices to headquarters, make sure those branches were outfitted with multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) connections to ensure those remote workers would have the same performance connectivity as everyone at HQ, and that was pretty much it.

When it came to securing those connections, that was someone else’s job. But, as we’ve seen in recent years, and with the increased interest in secure access service edge (SASE) architectures, the roles of network and security admins have started to blur. Due to cost-cutting measures, many midsized enterprises have to do more with less. And this means network personnel are starting to have to deal with more security issues and vice versa.

While the rise in managed network…

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