Two puzzle pieces demonstrate integration of VPN and firewalls.

VPN-Firewall Integration: A Strategic Analysis

Integrating various network functions within a single device, such as combining VPN (Virtual Private Network) capabilities with firewalls, has become a common practice over the past few years. This consolidation offers benefits in terms of platform security features (i.e. user-based policies and Layer 7 inspection), simplicity and cost-effectiveness.

Navigating Zero Trust – Part 1

Though Zero Trust is here to stay, that doesn’t mean implementation is easy. Rob Maas is one of the leading Zero Trust consultants and the Field CTO at ON2IT. In this blog series, he’ll provide background and tips based on his years of practical experience implementing Zero Trust.

The Log4j lessons: If it ain’t broke, fix it now!

Although Log4j and follow-up attack vectors are still a real threat for many organizations, it’s certainly not too early to draw lessons learned from this episode. What made Log4j different from other ‘classic’ 2021 vulnerabilities such as Citrix, Kaseya, and Hafnium (Exchange) is the fact that it was much harder for organizations to pinpoint if they were vulnerable.

The broken DMZ model

The DMZ model can be found in the physical world, with the DMZ between North and South Korea being the most well-known. The idea of this DMZ is that it is neutral territory. Whenever there needs to be some sort of discussion impacting both parties, they meet in the DMZ. When network operators first started implementing the DMZ model, the idea was same.

Network segmentation is not Zero Trust

The terms network segmentation and Zero Trust are used more and more and have turned into real buzzwords. We are asked more and more often whether or not we can segment the network. What is actually being asked is, can we help set up a Zero Trust environment.