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Oracle SD-WAN wants to help truly secure the network edge

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Cybercriminals have taken advantage of the increased number of employees working from home (opens in new tab) during the pandemic to launch a wide range of cyberattacks which is why Oracle (opens in new tab) has announced a new remote work security solution that goes beyond a traditional VPN (opens in new tab).

As the network edge has become more exposed to cyber threats and telephony fraud, sophisticated intelligence and analytics is now required to identify and stop cyberattacks.

Oracle SD-WAN goes beyond Secure Access Service Edge (SASE (opens in new tab)) to secure the network edge by using a comprehensive approach that brings components of SASE, session-based security and cloud together.  The inclusion of session-based security is an important part of the company's approach as protocol-based risks such as man in the middle attacks (opens in new tab) occur at both the transport layer and session layer.

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Oracle has also integrated its Session Border Controller (SBC) with Check Point's Quantum Edge which is a virtual security gateway deployed at the edge. At the same time though, the company has added a direct connection to Check Point's SASE firewall-as-a-service (opens in new tab) Harmony Connect to add next generation firewall functionality to organization's local firewalls.

Oracle SD-WAN

Oracle SD-WAN with its bundled firewall provides protection at the bottom-four layers of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) stack including the physical and network layer, data link layer, network and transport layer and the transport layer.

If an organization requires further cloud-based security, traffic may flow through an IPsec tunnel (opens in new tab) to security solutions from Check Point or Z-Scaler. Additionally, if a local next-gen firewall is required, the Talari E100 SD-WAN may load in the Check Point Quantum Edge Firewall while the Oracle SBC can add DDoS protection (opens in new tab) to an organization's network.

All of the management in Oracle SD-Wan resides in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (opens in new tab) (OCI) to provide users with greater surveillance and control. Inside the Oracle Communications Security Shield and Check Point's Harmony Connect, customers will be able to access advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI (opens in new tab)) to prevent the kinds of false-positive alerts that historical solutions often trigger.

As remote work has now become the norm, expect solutions similar to Oracle SD-WAN to become commonplace as organizations move away from traditional VPN services to secure their remote workforces.

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.