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Mission-critical networks: Infoblox 3.0 addresses foundational challenges, provides 99.999% reliability

By Shirish Nadkarni

For quite some time now, since the cloud became the primary cyber storage space for the humblest of individuals to the largest business entities, cyber attacks and data breaches have proved to be the biggest headache for everyone.

Cloud compromise continues to be a top cybersecurity issue, underscoring the urgency for security teams to ramp up defenses against DoS and DDoS attacks. The COVID-19 lockdowns and shutdowns have challenged the financial services industry’s IT infrastructure, with cloud data breaches reportedly costing companies globally an estimated average loss of $4.2 million per incident. 

Organisations in Asia Pacific (APAC) were hit the hardest, at $4.5 million in estimated losses from network outages, and falling victim to more cloud-networking attacks as a whole, with data breaches (69%) and cloud attacks (61%) being the most prevalent. The results are based on more than 800 responses from IT professionals in the financial services industry in APAC, the Americas and Europe.

Cloud and network-based attacks will continue to be a major threat vector: 68% of respondents in Asia Pacific expect to face a combination of IoT (Internet of Things) attacks, cloud vulnerabilities including misconfigurations, and data manipulation attempts over the next 12 months – a figure higher than the global average of an estimated 50%.

Threat resolution teams are embracing network visibility for security hygiene; in the region, threat hunting (78%), network monitoring (76%), and threat intelligence (66%) are considered the most effective mitigation tactics against these threats.

“There has been an increasing number of new web-based threats that have been difficult to address with a traditional cybersecurity solution alone,” said Hiroko Tamura, IT Management Officer-in-Charge, Keio Corporation, which is comprised of 54 companies involved in rail transportation, real estate, retail and other industries.

“There has been an increasing number of new web-based threats that have been difficult to address with a traditional cybersecurity solution alone. It became necessary to build a more multi-layered defense.”

One of the world’s leading providers of core network and security services, Infoblox Inc., has come to the rescue of such beleaguered organisations.

It has introduced Infoblox 3.0 which unites NIOS, the on-premises DDI solution, with its cloud-native BloxOne Threat Defense and BloxOne DDI platforms to help customers bridge core networking and security into cloud environments. 

Infoblox 3.0 harnesses the industry’s leading DDI (DNS, DHCP and IPAM IP address management) and DNS security solutions to enable on-premises, virtual, cloud and hybrid deployments tailored to customers’ network modernisation needs, and further address the challenges that stem from cloud environments.

Infoblox 3.0 also addresses the foundational challenges of the modern enterprise by enabling teams to build cloud-first networks and protect them with faster threat detection and remediation. Enabling these deployments help to ensure that customers can build networks that are simple, reliable, scalable and secure.

“They are simple because they automate and standardise the delivery of cloud-first network experiences with the richest set of cloud-native APIs, integrations and contextual data available on the market,” says Jesper Andersen, President & CEO of Infoblox.

“They are reliable, providing proven five-nines (99.999%) reliability for mission-critical networks, including the largest networks in the world, with the flexibility and cost efficiency of the cloud

 “It can also flexibly support the addition of new functions and minimise the hardware maintenance and operations costs and load associated with an on-premise solution.”

Tamura shares that the company has been planning for logistical challenges in preparation for hosting major global events and that over the past several years, the government has demanded that businesses meet the highest compliance standards in preparation for hosting the imminent Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics; and the Infoblox 3.0 has helped the Keio Corporation fit the bill as they are scalable, delivering services when and where customers need them.

He adds that they are secure, enabling customers to automate anytime, anywhere foundational security for all users and devices with faster threat detection and remediation.

Rohit Mehra, Vice President, Network Infrastructure, IDC, adds:  “The pandemic has pushed corporate networks into the cloud at an accelerated pace, and that modernisation effort continues as companies turn to cloud applications and services for their hybrid workplace foundations.

“Infoblox 3.0 enables organisations to reap the best of the on-premises and cloud worlds as they tailor networking and security for their cloud-first strategies. We are giving customers the foundations they need – whether in the form of private clouds that stay on-premise, hybrid networks combining data centres with cloud offerings, or fully cloud networks.”

Infoblox 3.0 is the culmination of the company’s work building out its BloxOne cloud-first platforms. Connecting the on-premises DDI capabilities of NIOS to BloxOne DDI and BloxOne Threat Defense enables customers to build the hybrid and cloud-only DDI networks that modern enterprises need for workplace transformation.

“DNS service was falling behind the demand. We considered cloud-based DNS solutions, but currently most cloud providers only serve external DNS requests, and our need was for both internal and external DNS services,” says a spokesperson of the Catholic Education Network, looking for a secure comprehensive solution.

“The Infoblox GUI (graphic user interface) and general workflow is one the best appliance-based GUI experiences I have had as both an end-user and as a technical lead.

“The day-to-day management of the boxes is a breeze, and I can securely back the Grid up via Secure Copy Protocol. And the Infoblox Grid configuration was a big bonus. In the event of a total failure, I could restore our Grid to a virtual machine in a matter of minutes.”

Another Infoblox customer, Brian Hepburn, CEO of Empowered Networks, had this to say: “We are happy to see Infoblox deepen its push into cloud-first networking and foundational security because customers are eager for hybrid and cloud infrastructure deployments.

“We’re seeing organisations double down on these foundations for flexible work as they reopen campuses. Infoblox 3.0 provides channel partners the solutions they need for a customer base that continues to delve further into hybrid and cloud to build the infrastructure of now and tomorrow.”

But the biggest fan of the Infoblox 3.0 Advanced DNS solution remains the Keio Corporation of Japan. “With the BloxOne Threat Defense solution, the cloud-based cybersecurity service is easy to deploy to every other company within the Keio Group,” says Tamura.

Question: Infoblox 3.0 — a blessing for threat resolution teams looking to embrace network visibility for security hygiene?

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