As networks continue to increase in complexity, integrating security becomes even more important. Network architecture must include security at its core and throughout its design. A modern LAN can only truly be secure for all users if it includes a firewall, IPS, antivirus, application control, URL filtering, and network access control (NAC). At the same time, key convergence points need to be considered on the administrative side. Otherwise, the configuration may drift, making management of the network and security pieces too complicated and visibility sorely lacking.
With a secure connectivity approach, key networking and security components are fully integrated and managed via one operating system, ensuring end-to-end consistency and visibility. Many networking vendors falsely claim they can do this, so knowing what to look for is important.