There’s a consensus building that for many of us, our post-pandemic reality will be a hybrid workplace—one in which a mix of in-person, WFH and offsite employees is a daily occurrence. This means it will be up to IT security pros to fill the gaps and stop intruders.
Securing diverse and distributed IT environments starts with the identity plane. Modern and evolving security threats are best prevented by securing identity through many layers relying on a Zero Trust model. Zero Trust, by which I mean “trust nothing, verify everything,” can serve as a foundation for the evolution of a modern security perimeter, one virtually drawn around each individual user, from anywhere they log on. By following Zero Trust principles and establishing user identity across devices, programs, and networks, modern enterprises can pursue a security program that is adaptive, contextual, and robust enough to defend against modern threats.
When is the last time you assessed your monitoring platform? You may have already noticed signs indicating that your tools are not keeping up with the rapidly changing digital workforce – gathering nonessential data while failing to forewarn you about legitimate issues to your network operations. Post-2020, these systems have to handle workforces that are staying connected digitally regardless of where employees are working. Your monitoring tools should be hyper-focused on alerting you to issues from outside your network and any weakness from within it. Often, we turn out to be monitoring for too much and still missing the essential problems until it’s too late.
One of many consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is an increase in cybersecurity risks and in the complexity of implementing effective security to protect organizational information and computing infrastructure. As with pre-COVID security threats, well-proven cybersecurity strategies based on user and device authentication remain effective, and they now are more important than ever.
We have come to a point in the world where IT is being called upon more than ever due to the surge in remote work and technology’s increasingly significant role in driving business direction. The pandemic disruption has increased internal-control risks, leaving every business to adapt and have an increased focus on the overall technology vulnerabilities. To accomplish all they need to keep their organization secure, IT departments have been brought to the realization that they must prioritize building trust among their business partners – but that trust doesn’t happen in a flip of a switch, there’s a variety of steps both parties have to take in order to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
While the jury’s out on whether these applications will be an effective tool for contact tracers, or if the majority of citizens will fully embrace these applications, it’s clear that contact tracing will likely become a part of our daily lives. To keep these technologies on the right track, developers, policymakers and stakeholders must ask questions to measure effectiveness, while addressing key issues to prevent abuse and secure consumer data.
The World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report for 2021 placed cybersecurity failure among the greatest threats facing humanity within the next ten years. Clearly, in this climate, and since many jumped into the world of cyber operations without adequate preparation, cybersecurity is now a critical priority.
Identity management has become a focal point for enterprise security. With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and the scramble to support work-from-home employees, the real threat to business data assets, whether in the enterprise or the cloud, has become unsecured remote access.
2020 and COVID-19 taught us a few things in the security industry: the importance of security awareness, speed of deployment is not always a good thing, and assuming new levels of risk such as “remote work force”. With so many challenges still on the horizon, here are some of the key topics to have on top of mind: