Greater Network Efficiency and Business Resiliency
The shift from working in the office to working at home has increased the number of devices, physical sites, and network traffic. IT departments, facing the daunting task of supporting hundreds – even thousands — of remote workers, have prioritized digital transformation projects to meet new demands, including:
- Safeguarding network traffic
- Providing security for every employee, everywhere
- Reimagining safe and secure office spaces
CIOs/CFOs are turning to Black Box to help them define, design, and implement the future of work, including what business resiliency and digital transformation mean for their enterprises — and how to anticipate and capitalize on new market opportunities created by shifts in consumer and employee behavior.
Respond, Retool, and Reimagine
The pandemic accelerated the need for enterprises to modernize technology infrastructure and reimagine business, including accelerating data and digital platforms. Black Box can help enterprises design, deploy, and manage an optimized network for secure work — whether it’s remote, onsite, or hybrid.
Secure Remote Worker
Give your enterprise secure network access, ensure data privacy, maintain control and enforcement policies, and protect against malware across an exponential growth in endpoints.
Create and maintain a post-pandemic workplace that’s safe for boundless collaboration and true resiliency, including working from anywhere on any device with all policies and procedures in tow.
Design a resilient network environment and deploy it locally and/or globally, at one site or hundreds with consistent, fast, repeatable outcomes. Back it up with remote IT support, proactive maintenance and expert monitoring.
Edge Networking Transformation
Black Box’s technicians specialize in core capabilities that can help your enterprise securely optimize its network for remote traffic; safeguard corporate assets; and build a phased plan that makes the most effective use of your existing environment and maps out the digital transformation journey.
Connects enterprise networks — including branches and data centers — over large geographic distances providing centralized visibility, automation, and security.
Supports a distributed mobile workforce wirelessly indoors and out (in converged management with 5G).
Integrated solutions include advanced security features, embedded automation, and intelligence tools to optimize and secure core and edge networks.
So Long 9-to-5
Attracting and retaining top talent in the new hybrid work environment.
The COVID-19 pandemic upended the workplace and freed employees to work securely from home. This liberation from the daily grind has resulted in increased productivity, better work/life balance, and savings for employees and corporations. The benefits are so great that major corporations have announced plans to offer the perk of a hybrid work environment — one where employees work in a remote/in-office combination.
Read this guide to find out how your business can retool and reimagine your current legacy system to support an exponential amount of users, devices, and locations.
Customer Success Stories
Black Box works with clients around the globe to address the unique challenges of edge network transformation, including these impressive success stories:
Manufacturer’s Network Optimization Saves $3M
A large food manufacturer turned to Black Box for help optimizing its network, upgrading its unified communications system, and supporting them after installation. The result was enhanced security and efficiency that lead to a projected savings of approximately $3 million.
Airport Foils Ransomware Attack
A large, North American, international airport, decided not to pay on a ransomware attack. Instead, they turned to Black Box. Our experts isolated the “infection,” procured new equipment, rebuilt the network, and reinstalled data from backups. The resulting value totaled over $2 million. Read Full Case Study.
Hospital’s HIPAA Maintained Remotely At $1.2M Value
A Top 5 North American hospital network turned to Black Box to provide employees with secure, HIPAA-compliant remote access via cloud management. Results included potential reallocated hospital space, lower business risk, additional remote work opportunities, and a $1.2 million recognized value for investment in security devices. Read Full Case Study.
Municipality Adds Secure, Remote Access; Gains $1.1M In Productivity
During the lockdown, a Northeast municipality employees couldn’t access files and applications remotely due to the absence of security features. Black Box provided a security platform that protected access to data for all users, devices, and applications. The result was a $1.1 million gain in productivity — plus millions saved by thwarting security breaches and ransomware attacks.
Centralize 300+ Disparate Healthcare Networks
A growing healthcare consortium needed to simplify and consolidate 300+ homegrown field office networks for manageability, agility, and HIPAA compliancy. By leveraging Black Box's expertise and national service teams, they received a centrally managed, integrated SD-WAN network that mitigated risk, met all HIPAA requirements, and guaranteed 99.999% uptime. Read Full Case Study.
Pandemic-Safe NOC for Miami Airport
When the pandemic hit, the Black Box team faced the daunting challenge of how to quickly transition Service-Desk Agents to a remote and socially distanced work environment, yet continue to provide mission-critical network and communications services with no disruption for the Miami International Airport. The team seamlessly cut over to a customized cloud-based solution and realized significant annual cost savings and a major reduction in call waiting and queue times. Read the full case study.
Why Black Box?
For almost 45 years, Black Box has helped clients in all industries and locations around the globe build, secure, manage, reimagine, and transform their networks and IT infrastructure.
Thanks to partnerships with leading manufacturers in digital communication and infrastructure, Black Box can help you shape a consumption model that will revolutionize your work ecosystem — and give your employees the flexibility to collaborate securely and intuitively anywhere, anytime, on any device.
So whether you’re a large healthcare enterprise or retailer, a small manufacturer, or somewhere in between, Black Box’s 2,500 team members have the know-how to help you engineer business continuity and innovation.
Business Resiliency and Digital Transformation
What does the modern workforce look like? Gain new insight and understanding from our Edge Networking experts as they help you make sense of secure hybrid work models, the post-pandemic office environment, and fluid business operation.
Top 5 Must-Haves to Ensure Remote Worker Security
The global shift from working securely in an office to working at home has increased the number of devices, physical sites, and network traffic and opened enterprises to unprecedented levels of cyber risk — some of which is created unknowingly by remote workers as they strive to maintain productivity from home.
The risks include:
- A lack of internal policies and procedures that allow remote access to company data
- Use of unauthorized SaaS-based applications
- Bypassing the VPN to obtain corporate access
- Low — or no — awareness of public Wi-Fi perils
Already stretched thin trying to support the sudden shift to remote work — and the thousands of devices workers are using to access the network — IT teams are asking themselves:
- Can we verify user identity remotely?
- How do we allow secure access to company applications?
- Can we safeguard our network against probable danger?
- Can we strengthen our posture within budget?
- Can we do it all uniformly with as few vendors as possible?
While securing a corporate network can be formidable, the following 5 Must-Haves will provide CIOs/CTOs with peace of mind by safeguarding remote work.
Must-Have 1: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
MFA technology verifies users’ identities before giving them admission to a company-approved application. It also improves IT’s visibility into all devices trying to gain access to the corporate network. When considering MFA, pay attention to not only security, but also ease-of-use, including self-enrollment on demand; uncomplicated, layered security; options based on user need; and shadow IT minimization.
Must-Have 2: Robust VPN
To ensure workers have secure remote access to your network on any device from any location, a VPN must move beyond traditional capabilities to give IT departments visibility and control over the “who” and “what” of remote access. This includes built-in web security and proactive malware protection; sustained data encryption; and burst capacity support.
Must-Have 3: Cloud-Based Security
Safely accessing corporate data and applications via a secure VPN connection is only half the security battle. With so many SaaS applications in use from outside the safe confines of the corporate network, it’s important to protect remote workers’ devices from passing along an infection. Cloud-based security can help IT departments protect against DNS changer malware, monitor DNS requests, and prevent threats dynamically.
Must-Have 4: Cloud-Based Analytics
Malware evolves rapidly and IT departments scramble to keep up. How do you protect your enterprise from a new and powerful infection that enters, invades, and paralyzes your network from a secure remote device? By taking advantage of cloud-based analytics to proactively and continuously search for, detect, deter, and defeat the most advanced threats — before they wreak havoc.
Must-Have 5: Help from an Expert
Providing remote worker security is complicated, particularly when it comes to juggling new software. An experienced vendor — one that specializes in core capabilities — can help your IT department provide this high level of protection via one interface and products that work together to fortify security posture.
As vaccines become more widely available, CIOs/CTOs must begin to define what business resiliency means to their enterprises. The goal is to move beyond business continuity and create a strategy that helps your business take full advantage of opportunities created by a new, more dynamic work environment.
Next step - Hybrid work returning to the workplace
Business leaders are already recognizing that worker productivity is sustainable, if not improved, in a fully remote or hybrid work environment. In the not-too-distant future, office space will be available on an as-needed basis. Employees will demand greater flexibility and businesses will begin shedding footprint and reducing operating costs dramatically.
Final Step - Redesigning the workplace
Post-COVID-19, an enterprise’s reimaged workplace secures, connects, and enables the distributed workforce with anytime, anywhere access through any device. IT departments will be at the forefront of optimizing each worker’s experience for performance, cost, and security.
Why Choose Black Box?
Our dedicated team of Edge Networking solution architects and deployment engineers have deep technical expertise combined with a consultative approach to craft the right solution for every client, every time. As your trusted partner, we can help you design,
deploy, and manage an optimized network for secure remote work and a return to a transformative workplace.
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