Securing Your Business: How Cisco Meraki SD-WAN Protects SMBs Against Cyber Threats

Julian Gutierrez

Blog, SD-WAN

For small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), cybersecurity is more important than ever before. As companies become increasingly reliant on cloud applications and remote workforces, they become more vulnerable to cyber attacks like malware, phishing, and ransomware. Unfortunately, many SMBs lack the budget and IT resources of large enterprises to invest in advanced cybersecurity solutions. This leaves their businesses and customer data at risk.

Fortunately, there is an affordable and easy-to-manage option tailored for SMBs – Cisco Meraki SD-WAN. Here’s a look at how Meraki SD-WAN can help small businesses defend against cyber threats:

Built-In Security Layers

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN comes with integrated security layers to protect SMB networks. This includes firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, content filtering, anti-malware scanning, and more. Rules and policies can be customized to filter unauthorized access and block malicious activities. As a cloud-managed solution, security is consistently up-to-date via automatic firmware updates.

Access Control & Segmentation

With Meraki SD-WAN, SMBs can implement role-based access control to limit user permissions. Network segmentation prevents lateral movement of threats by isolating systems, applications, and data. This helps contain breaches to small areas if cyber attacks do occur.

Secure Remote Access

Workers can securely access business apps and resources remotely via Meraki’s zero-trust capabilities. MFA, VPN, and identity-based policies help verify users and devices before granting conditional access. Real-time monitoring also detects anomalous activities associated with compromised credentials.

Traffic Encryption

Meraki SD-WAN allows SMBs to encrypt network traffic end-to-end. This renders data unreadable to cyber criminals attempting to intercept sensitive information during transmission.

Cloud-Based Management

Meraki SD-WAN is managed via a user-friendly dashboard through the cloud. This gives SMBs network-wide visibility and control without needing on-premises IT infrastructure. Regular updates and AI-driven insights further simplify monitoring and threat response.

Affordable Pricing

Cost-effective licensing and minimal hardware requirements make Meraki SD-WAN budget-friendly for SMBs. Savings from consolidating security stacks and reducing bandwidth costs can be allocated toward cyber defenses.

For small businesses looking to secure distributed environments, Meraki SD-WAN provides enterprise-level protection without the enterprise price tag. Its cloud-based architecture scales easily alongside business growth.

Contact us today and schedule a personalized demo to see how Cisco Meraki SD-WAN can help your business communications.