Work will never be the same for many organizations. Many of the growing pains that come with the fragmentation of the traditional office could be alleviated with a new approach to cybersecurity. Cybersecurity can become an enabler of the future by becoming more comprehensive while being less rigid.
Regardless of how remote the workforce is, businesses must evolve to keep up with threat actors who are constantly increasing the sophistication and ruthlessness of their attacks. Securing the modern office will necessitate a new strategy. That strategy must be as adaptable as many workers have shown themselves to be, while still being thorough enough to protect a company’s assets and maintain a feeling of workplace togetherness, regardless of where or when people log on.
The remote work trend
More than a quarter of UK residents (25.9%) reported working remotely at some time during the week, according to the most recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) population survey, ‘Homeworking in the UK labor market’. That’s more than double the number of workers (14.4%) who said the same in 2019.
According to McKinsey’s 2021 research ‘The future of work after COVID-19’, roughly 20 to 25 percent of advanced economies’ workforces could work remotely three to five days per week.
This radical transition will not only impact where people work, but it will also provide companies and their employees more flexibility in where they open offices and live. However, this newfound freedom will only be sustainable if businesses can protect themselves from the advanced cyber risks that all profitable businesses face.
All-in-one security solutions
Many organizations have attempted to address the issue of various systems and assets, as well as improve their overall cybersecurity, by adding layers to their defense and diversifying the solutions they utilize to defend their systems. Managing all of these various solutions becomes untenable and inefficient at some point. Every day, teams have to cope with the intricacies and identity management issues of remote work.
Siloed solutions mean IT teams will have to monitor many consoles and they may fail to connect the dots when events are reported on different platforms. They also necessitate lengthy and expensive integration initiatives to obtain the required capabilities. Even then, manual supervision will very certainly be required.
Moving to all-in-one security solutions can help restore the sense of cohesion that existed in on-premises network security while also introducing new efficiencies.
All-in-one solutions can share data between multiple components, resulting in more effective and efficient operation. When new tools are required, companies can avoid the cost and complexity of integration by adding new modules instead of products.
Flexibility and adaptability
Businesses have been accustomed to paying for data, cloud storage, and web hosting based on how frequently they use them. Many businesses were frustrated during the pandemic when cybersecurity vendors refused to lower licence usage below baselines, despite the fact that their usage had decreased due to employee furloughs.
As the workplace evolves into a more free-floating concept, cybersecurity must also evolve to keep up by providing usage-based protection. Companies in transition, for instance, do not want to sign a contract for 50 licenses only to find out later that they need 100, or even 51. The ability to easily add or remove services suits the distributed work mentality, and the ability to cut fixed expenses at short notice is critical as businesses deal with the pandemic’s aftermath, or potentially even a revival.
Best of all, usage-based security eliminates the need to renegotiate contracts constantly, and the lack of upfront expenditures or long-term obligations allows companies to invest in other areas.
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