Innovative cybersecurity for the modern workplace

HCS is helping organisations to securely harness the power of the cloud, with SASE architecture

Dan Hegarty, head of sales, HCS. HCS is an accredited Fortinet partner and reduces risk by building security into everything it manages for customers

Business IT, security, and telecoms company HCS is enabling organisations to comprehensively manage their cybersecurity and benefit from the flexibility that cloud has to offer with its secure access service edge (SASE) suite.

Underpinned by Fortinet’s leading FortiSASE software, HCS’ solution is ideal for modern businesses that use or have migrated to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and operate a hybrid work approach. HCS is an accredited Fortinet partner and reduces risk by building security into everything it manages for customers.

Protecting critical data

The workplace has evolved over the last number of years and security challenges have increased dramatically since the introduction of hybrid and more flexible work practices. Employees began to work remotely on unprotected networks and in an effort to cater for this new reality, vendors rose to meet these challenges by beefing up their endpoint security offerings with anti-ransomware features and services such as endpoint detection and response (EDR).

However, the role of the firewall as the barrier between an organisation’s network and outside threats has been somewhat overlooked or remains tied to physical or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) networks. With the rapid adoption of SaaS applications, many businesses are using their applications directly in the cloud and often without sufficiently protecting their users, endpoints, and critical data.

Reimagining the traditional firewall

SASE reimagines the traditional firewall for the modern workplace. It offers cloud-based firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS) which provides control and visibility of all endpoint traffic and creates a single gateway to the network. This integrates with an endpoint agent, a background app which continuously assesses for potential threats and vulnerabilities.

Other SASE services include zero trust network access which enables tighter access controls to data and applications, as well as advanced endpoint protection which works hand-in-hand with FWaaS policies. In addition, it provides internet access policies, data loss prevention, and full control over third-party SaaS applications with cloud access security broker (CASB). The solution can also extend into branch offices with SD-WAN.

As a single-vendor solution which seamlessly delivers network and user security, FortiSASE can help to solve today’s remote work challenges. It’s also a cost-effective model with per-user based pricing, while the single interface streamlines service management. The solution is proactively managed by HCS’ team of experts, enabling customers to maximise their business performance.

For details, contact 01 8734120; enquiries@hcs.ie; www.hcs.ie