Business continuity – checklist for connectivity


Ready to pursue digital transformation? This is the only connectivity checklist you’ll need to get started.

Every business today is pursuing digital transformation. It’s how you get closer to customers, manage complex supply chains, streamline operations and expedite the time-to-market process.

Digital transformation is challenging enough for companies with facilities located in cities and suburbs well-served by communication networks. For companies whose operations extend beyond their edge, the challenges mount.

Before knowing how to address your digital transformation needs, you need to first know what is needed to reliably connect your remote business operations.

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Read on to learn important checklist items for connectivity you’ll want to reference as you look to shape the future of your business.

Connectivity checklist for remote business locations:

  • SD-WAN (software-defined networking in a wide area network)
  • Benefit: Significantly smarter network
  • How it works: Turn multiple transmission paths into one WAN while managing the underlying networks for maximum performance at the lowest cost. Network prioritization and redundancy is made possible by using SD-WAN as a ‘failover’ redundancy from the primary internet or private network feed to the secondary feed.
  • Acceleration
  • Benefit: Improved performance and reporting
  • How it works: Leveraging a unified performance management solution, get the most out of your network with a combination of traffic shaping and WAN optimization technologies into a single application that improves network performance while saving costs. This solution can be deployed for both VSAT (very small aperture terminal) technology and wireless connectivity.
  • Security
  • Benefit: Cyber threat prevention and action
  • How it works: Taking a multi-component approach, you can establish secure perimeters around your digital assets and systems. Firewall management and reporting, endpoint protections, posture assessments, VPN (virtual private network) and remote access services, and web content filtering and administration can bridge the gap between vulnerability and complete security.
  • Monitoring
  • Benefit: Ensured site efficiency and safety
  • How it works: Sensors have become crucial to any systems for monitoring environmental conditions – from the mine site to the disaster area. Measuring temperature, motion information, weather element position, and more, sensors can either be pre-positioned in areas of a remote site or high-risk location, or deployed by first responders upon arrival at a disaster area.
  • Encryption
  • Benefits: Secured remote access
  • How it works: A simple, highly secured remote access solution provides simple, controlled access to Operational Technology (OT) environments for remote users – embracing mobility while reducing the attack surface by isolating critical assets. Further, a complete OT security solution addresses every aspect of the incident life cycle, including remote incident investigation and response capabilities.

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