The global pandemic has had far-reaching consequences around the world, with few, if any, locations unscathed. There is no exception in the field of cybersecurity. In the early days of the pandemic, cybercriminals took advantage of the confusion by conducting phishing attempts on newly remote employees.
In order to maintain business continuity, companies have undertaken rapid digital transformations. They may have neglected the security concerns that went into the pre-pandemic adoption process in their haste, unknowingly exposing their environments to cyber-threats.
Despite the fact that vaccination campaigns are being conducted globally, it is not yet time to let up on the cybersecurity gas pedal. While the future remains unpredictable, businesses are adapting to the new normal, and now is the time for CISOs and IT managers to consider how they can keep their employees secure while working remotely.
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Large-scale remote work
Businesses saw an unparalleled growth of mass remote work in 2020, and it’s here to stay, at least in some form. Even if physical offices reopen, most firms will most likely adopt a hybrid work paradigm. That means organizations that have overlooked the need to make changes to their IT infrastructure or have taken a band-aid approach will need to consider the long-term consequences of users’ home networks, personal devices, and behaviors. To maintain their security posture, enterprises must assure visibility into all connections across hybrid environments.
Dependence on the cloud
The transition to hybrid environments has been a long time coming, but few expected cloud adoption to be so rapid. The pandemic sparked a surge in cloud usage as businesses sought to secure the viability of widespread remote working. Security controls were not a priority as they hurriedly transferred infrastructure out from the data center and into the cloud to keep the business running.
Security has historically been a hurdle to cloud adoption, and in the future, organizations will need to reconsider security factors that may have been missed.
Securing the Post-Pandemic Network
When faced with uncertainty, businesses may become more conservative and risk-averse. Security will be scrutinized more in the future, but this is not the time to reduce security measures.
A good example is cloud visibility. Enterprises want capabilities to see into all of their environments and handle them as if they were one cohesive network. The pandemic prompted a rush straight into the cloud, eradicating many of the constraints, such as security, that had previously stymied cloud deployments. Now that businesses are being pushed to rely more heavily on the cloud, they must take those factors into account retroactively.
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They must be able to track data wherever it may be found. Because of the cloud and hybrid environments, businesses cannot simply build walls to prevent data from flowing easily from one environment to another. Instead, organizations must be able to track and profile data wherever it exists or moves, detect dangers to it, and combine disparate environments under a single pane of glass.
The pandemic has thrown the system for a loop. It has compelled firms to undergo a range of digital transformations, upending much of the castle-and-moat architecture that many businesses were accustomed to. That brings with it new considerations and perhaps new threats. As the way back to normalcy becomes evident, businesses must begin securing those changes and adjusting to the post-COVID digital reality.
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