Organizations can expect the return-to-work model to stress a corporate infrastructure that has languished in recent years.
Businesses left the workplace in 2020, leaving behind security strategies that had been relied on for years. IT departments lost control of their employees’ connectivity paths, making centralized cybersecurity controls and solutions less effective — if not completely useless. Organizations relied more on public cloud and SaaS apps to keep corporate operations operating, with some rushing towards digital transformation before sufficient security safeguards were in place. Security teams were now faced with a new infrastructure, that demanded a new definition of perimeters.
Endpoint Security after the pandemic disruption
As a result of these new security challenges, there has been an increase in cyberattacks. During the first year of the pandemic, the FBI observed a significant increase in cybercrime complaints, owing primarily to more sophisticated ransomware operations. Cybersecurity will continue to evolve as companies modify their workplace models. Companies may anticipate the return-to-work model to stress a corporate infrastructure that has deteriorated in recent years as long as people return to the workplace. This transition will provide security issues like working from home posed security challenges during the pandemic’s early stages. To ensure a great user experience and security everywhere, the return to the office or hybrid work paradigm should balance secure remote access needs with core infrastructure and robustness.
Getting endpoint security right after the pandemic
According to the crucial conclusions from Absolute Software’s Endpoint Risk Report, over-configuring endpoints makes them just as risky as not having any. In the report, while 82 percent of CISOs have reevaluated their security policies in response to the need for support for work-from-home (WFH) and virtual teams, endpoints frequently miss critical patches or are overburdened with conflicting software agents. According to the survey, 76 percent of IT security decision-makers believe their organization’s investment and use of endpoint security will increase in 2021. Furthermore, the trend is picking up speed as the work to establish business justifications for increased endpoint investment exposes previously undetected weaknesses in endpoint security, leaving their companies vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks.
What’s next for enterprise security
If the pandemic has taught cyber CEOs anything, it’s to be flexible with security. Threat actors have proved that they can get beyond the first line of defense, if not on the first try, then on the second, third, or tenth. They will identify and exploit the organization’s weakest link.
Previously, organizations would react after an incident and hunt for flaws as part of the mitigation process. Workers should expect to see zero trust play a more significant factor in security systems and procedures in the future. The only constant for remote, onsite, and hybrid workers will be zero trust in devices and network access. Organizations must also concentrate on the basics of security. Good identity and access hygiene, ongoing assessment, and developing a purple culture – using offensive acts to inform defensive actions and focusing their attention on the issues most likely to damage their organization first – are all part of this strategy. Organizations must develop a multi-year security plan to guarantee that they are not only focused on how to protect themselves from today’s cyber threats but also for the future.
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