3. Protect The WAN, the WFH Network Edge At the office, the network edge is found at the local area network (LAN). At home, the network edge is the wide area network (WAN). The WAN comprises three critical components: domain name system (DNS), dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) and IP address management (IPAM). Collectively known as DDI, these technologies are the first services that a device contacts when it connects to a network. As such, they can play an invaluable role in network security and visibility for IT teams. A software-defined (SD) WAN is another critical component of WAN security. SD-WANs integrate multiple transport types (e.g., MPLS, broadband, LTE) and allow for direct connections to cloud-based platforms. In these environments, implementing DDI-based threat defense technology that powers security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solutions, such as Infoblox BloxOne Threat Defense, is imperative. Many customers may believe they are fully protected with a traditional security environment in place (such as one that includes NGFWs, IPSs, endpoint security software, etc.). But virtually none of these solutions can offer the depth of protection needed in order to comprehensively protect DNS traffic, nor can they use DDI information to gain insights into security events that do occur. Deployed from the cloud, these technologies plug security gaps by using the unique role that DNS plays in network connectivity to shut down cyberthreats at the edge before they can spread. They can detect data exfiltration attempts, which adds another layer of security for enabling remote work. The technology is also a powerful content filtration tool. It can restrict users’ access to specific web destinations and malicious web content. When used in tandem with DDI, DNS security neutralizes security threats faster by giving network administrators visibility into every device’s traffic patterns and a control plane for coordinating remediation across all security tools. In the commissioned survey mentioned above, several partners noted the increasing demand for cloud-based technologies. As organizations continue to embrace a fully remote-work environment, securing these decentralized devices will remain a top priority. Emphasizing and implementing DDI security solutions and cybersecurity best practices will help ensure your customers’ employees stay safe from ransomware and other cyberattacks, wherever they’re working. Not only can the channel play an instrumental role in making customers safer, but they can earn healthy doubledigit profit margins for doing so. o Scott Jacobs is senior director, channel strategy and operations for Infoblox. CHANNELVISION EXPO Scottsdale, AZ November 2-4, 2022 For more info contact us | 480-503-0770 PLATINUM SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS Scan to View Website THE CHANNEL MANAGER’S PLAYBOOK 31