Why is network edge security so crucial in cargo transportation? Moving goods and parts over long distances and from distributed warehouses to retail centers requires rapid workforce mobilization and long-distance communication and coordination. You want to be able to turn secure remote access on and communicate with your people without having to first build out your physical network infrastructure. You must be able to give your people the access privileges they need to do their job, wherever the job takes them.

Cargo transportation is about logistics, inventory, and seamless real-time communications that keep things moving; transactions occurring. Customers depend on deliveries to include everything they ordered and that the goods arrive at their destination on time and meet satisfaction demands such as ‘freshness date.’

For businesses this requires course-plotting, real-time updates, supply chain data, reporting from the field, course corrections, and the privacy and security measures to avoid damages, hijacking, and theft. For the cybercrook, assailable assets include products, software and equipment, supply chain systems, and employees and customers and their financial data.

In product and parts transportation, a hacker shouldn’t see what data is being shared during dispatches from a control center or on the devices used by truck drivers or train engineers as they work to make deliveries to customers on time. Securing this graying perimeter from being hijacked is no longer as easy as securing your offices and data centers and telling everyone to use the VPN. An outlying security challenge remains beyond your network hubs and physical sites. By equipping your mobile employees with portable devices… or by allowing them to connect via their BYODs for needed remote access… you are forced to provide digital security wherever they go. Providing this secure network handshake can be a long service haul – literally.

A lot of network hops have to occur before your long-distance message or data download arrives, and traditional VPN-protected traffic and transactions have to be hairpinned back to a VPN concentrator before being delivered. A dilemma results: Do you bypass some security to ensure end-user performance over remote equipment? This lax approach to security can open the door to cyber-related damage.

Can you monitor this traffic explosion at the individual device level and make sure hackers don’t fool your end users, hosting phony landing pages, tricking users into infecting themselves, and then spreading malware laterally across network endpoints?  Worse, once a toehold is established, bad actors patiently scan, test, and prepare to spring into action at the appropriate moment to compromise your privileges, digital networks, and precious private data reservoirs.

Zero Trust Secure Access Service Edge

Quality of service and advanced security must be applied at the network edge, at the roaming/remote device level where access is sought and where access can be securely enabled. Think of this as applying security enforcement and inspection as close to the users and apps as possible. Doing so maximizes performance while extending security to meet business growth and transformational requirements.

Ensure that your transportation managers and mobile professionals are protected as they access distributed, cloud-stored logistical data. Make sure they get the latest authenticated data update securely from a nearby server or from the cloud.

The secure access service edge (SASE) provides zero trust device and access control and authentication, network segmentation, secure cloud access, and the principle of firewall as a service and VPN that is always on at the endpoint device.

OPAQ empowers organizations to apply an easy one-two punch of endpoint protection and smart network segmentation to your increasingly distributed and cloudy network infrastructure.