Welcome, fellow network security engineers, to this comprehensive guide on fortifying your organization's Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) configuration against potential threats. In today's fast-paced digital world, businesses are increasingly adopting Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) solutions to enhance network agility, improve user experience, and reduce operational costs. As these modern SD-Branch infrastructures continue to gain traction, it becomes imperative for us, the guardians of digital communication, to ensure their security remains ironclad. In this article, we will delve into the fundamental best practices that every technical network engineer must embrace to safeguard their SD-Branch deployments effectively. As the linchpin of your organization's network architecture, the SD-Branch configuration holds the key to seamless communication between your dispersed branches, remote workers, and data centers. Yet, this interconnectedness also opens up so many entry points for potential cyber threats, making security a top priority. Let’s explore the various challenges and risks faced by SD-Branch environments, each demanding specialized attention and defense mechanisms. Our focus will be on striking the right balance between security and flexibility, allowing you to capitalize on the benefits of SD-WAN while keeping potential vulnerabilities at bay. Due to the complex nature of the topic, we divided it into several sections,…

SD-Branch and SD-WAN: Understanding the Differences

Technology buyers at multi-site organizations have a wealth of choices when it comes to network and security vendors, programs and support. One popular option that many teams are currently evaluating is “software-defined” network management technology known as SD-Branch and SD-WAN. It should come as no surprise that there are advantages and benefits to both, best…

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How Distributed Organizations Benefit from SD-Branch

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Technology is almost universally judged by how it performs. And what determines successful performance? Industry experts? The IT team? No. Positive business outcomes are the yardstick by which success is measured. Many tech buyers typically default to hard dollar decisions as their primary criteria, i.e. how much the purchase will cost or save. But the…

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Structured Reemerges on CRN Fast Growth List at No. 112 in 2023

CRN 2023 Fast Growth 150

CRN recognizes company for outstanding performance and growth among the country's top IT channel providers. PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 7, 2023) – Structured announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, named it to the 2023 Fast Growth 150 list in 112th place. With this list, CRN recognizes the fastest-growing North American technology integrators,…

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Security Advisory: MOVEit Vulnerability

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Apply security patch released by Progress Software on June 9, 2023 as soon as possible. PORTLAND, Ore. (June 16, 2023) – Today many news organizations are reporting a large cyberattack leveraging a vulnerability in MOVEit, a managed file transfer (MFT) software application  The MOVEit vulnerability (CVE-2023-34362) is a critical SQL injection vulnerability that allows an…

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Structured Responds to Strong IT Demand, Expands U.S. Service Area

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Award-winning solution provider expands in Idaho and opens new office in Utah to reach more customers with its special mix of technology goods paired with professional and managed IT services.   PORTLAND, Ore. (June 1, 2023) – At a time when other technology firms are making headlines with layoffs and pivots, Structured is capitalizing on…

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Structured Recognized on CRN’s Impressive Solution Provider 500 List

2023 Solution Provider 500

Consistent strategic focus on cybersecurity, regulatory compliance and managed IT services credited for firm’s continued strong growth. PORTLAND, Ore. (May 30, 2023) – Structured is honored to announce it has been named to the 2023 Solution Provider 500 list by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. CRN’s annual Solution Provider 500 ranks North America’s…

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Structured Honored by CRN for Expert IT Engineering Capabilities

CRN 2023 Tech Elite 250

Firm named to 2023 Tech Elite 250 for 13th straight year, honing skills in security, infrastructure and cloud. PORTLAND, Ore. (March 27, 2023) – Structured proudly announced today that it was named to the 2023 Tech Elite 250 list by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. This annual list features solution providers of all…

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Incorporate Resilience Planning for Stronger Cybersecurity

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By Structured Staff -- Does resilience planning factor into your cybersecurity strategy? If not, it should. And here’s why: While prevention is a great objective, it is increasingly difficult to defend a complex attack surface from all threats – especially the sophisticated and advanced threats we encounter today. Instead, organizations are bolstering prevention efforts with…

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VMware Names Structured a ‘Rising Star’ for Outstanding Growth

Structured is VMware Rising Star of the Quarter

Structured achieved significant gains in transactions, revenue and engineering certifications to qualify. PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 12, 2022) – VMware singled out Structured as its “Rising Star Partner of the Quarter” for the Commercial West territory in the third quarter of fiscal year 2023. VMware, a leading provider of multicloud services for all applications, considered several…

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