Cyber Resiliency is crucial in facilitating hybrid work culture. Organizations need to ensure there is no increased risk of security breaches and downtime.
According to a recent report by Acronis, “Acronis Cyber Protection Operation Center Report” in 2023, an average data breach cost is anticipated to reach $5 million. Therefore, effective methods should be enforced to augment cyber-resiliency during hybrid work culture.
Design a Streamlined Communications Framework
Some businesses still utilize a more cohesive mix of IP telephony, messaging applications, and video conferencing for communications. Therefore, companies need to streamline and unify these communication patterns. Unification reduces cost and ensures streamlined management of cyber threats. The unification strategy initiates with a transparent articulation of the workforce’s needs followed by deployment supporting end-to-end solutions. A single suite of tools with security measures banked in allows the employees to communicate securely within the organization. This restricts businesses from relying less on external, unsecured connections and applications to stay connected with their colleagues and customers. Deploying a software-driven security update through a single streamlined framework rather than numerous platforms is crucial.
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Proffer Security Compliance and Diminish Bottlenecks
Excessive disconnected point tools are one of the significant challenges in hybrid work. Therefore, businesses need to incorporate a unified and automated approach to centralize crucial cyber-resiliency. They also need to centralize the visibility for multiple security functions by establishing anti-virus, endpoint response and managed detection and remediation. Network security and performance are crucial in encouraging employee productivity and retaining customers. Businesses need to mend the bottlenecks when expanding cloud and edge computing by converging network and security functionality that supports highly distributed and modern environments. At the same time, SD-WAN and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) will assist organizations in processing complex workloads without relying on unreliable connections.
Empower Human Guardrails
With increasing hybrid work culture, businesses are challenged to recruit individuals with the IT skillset to address cybersecurity needs. One crucial reason for the skill gap is the minimal network-centric cybersecurity demands that primarily focus on firewalls, VPNs, and network monitoring. However, with a data-driven discipline, businesses need to have solid data analytics, interpersonal, and interrogative capabilities. Organizations need to emphasize regular analysis of cybersecurity training needs in a robust training environment that incorporates Managed Security Services (MSS). As per a recent report by IDG, “The Path to Digital Transformation: Where IT Leaders Stand,” a crucial roadblock to innovation is a skills and knowledge gap. Hence, these effective means will upskill the human layer of the organization’s cybersecurity chain.
Adopt Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
VDI enhances the performance and security of the remote and hybrid workforce. VDI enables the organization to secure sensitive information inside the corporate firewall and safeguard it at all endpoints.
From a security point of view, VDI also offers organizations to share the same hardware, making it more straightforward, secure, and inexpensive.
Additionally, it allows the organization to utilize current storage, network, and computing resources to ensure costs are under control.
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Develop Data Loss and Backup Strategies
One of the significant security risks for organizations with growing IT dependence is data loss due to cyber-attacks. Businesses need to implement strategies so that all the files and services are readily accessible in cases of data loss. At the same time, ensuring the availability of numerous backups of crucial data is an essential part of any IT hybrid effort. Organizations need to utilize private or hybrid clouds with efficient archive services to protect data that reduce business downtime during malware or ransomware threats. Effective strategies will ensure teams access standby plans by using alternative networks when there is a significant effect on the business’ IT framework.
Organizations need to ensure that hybrid workforce and cyber-resiliency should be intact. At the same time, intrinsic solutions need to be offered to hybrid workers. With the help of these strategies, businesses can reassess workforce policies while continuing to place cybersecurity in the vanguard of the decision-making process.
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