I was talking with an industry CEO the other day, and he offered an intriguing thought. He said the LAN is dead — along with its associated routers and hubs and other network hardware — and that mobile has killed it. But the LAN isn’t dead, I resisted, noting that there are LANs within just about every corporate campus in the country.

And yet his argument can’t be dismissed. All of the data and security assumptions that existed when LANs came into being have gone away, courtesy of cloud and mobile. Still, I insisted, that’s an argument for why LANs should be dead, not that they are.

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Let’s explore this a bit more. The CEO I was chatting with is Steven Sprague from a cybersecurity vendor called Rivetz.

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