Delivering Security to Distributed and Remote Operations During a Pandemic – Channel Asia Singapore

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The events of 2020 have pushed enterprises into entirely new ways of working. This has had a knock-on effect of rapidly changing the security risk profile of many organizations. The push to work from home has forced organizations to open up their networks to remote access, and some of the popular tools that become indispensable for enabling people to work remotely — such as video conferencing — have proven to have major security issues.

Security has become increasingly problematic for organizations using more traditional approaches. Here are some examples of issues that have arisen:

  • IT experts can’t be physically present at remote sites (such as employees’ home offices) to manage security in-person.
  • The rapidly diversifying IT environment — featuring the central network, cloud services and consumer-grade technologies in home offices —is a challenge to monitor and manage cohesively.
  • An urgent and greatly increased need to place sensitive data and applications in the cloud for remote access.
  • Potential delays in cyberattack detection and response from these environments, resulting in issues and breaches having a significantly greater impact than if they were detected immediately.

These challenges are compounded by a rapidly escalating number of threats being observed. According to a Deloitte research paper, “From our Cyber Intelligence Centre, we have observed a spike in phishing attacks, malspams and ransomware attacks as attackers are using COVID-19 as bait to impersonate brands, thereby misleading employees and customers.”

New priorities for security professionals

While the overarching goal of cybersecurity has been to lock down an environment within a physical space, the future of work isn’t compatible with that strategy. For instance, IT teams will be unable to keep up: Between 5G, IoT, BYOD and the increasing mobility of the workforce, it’s going to be impossible to maintain point solutions for each and every device that has some connection to the organization’s networks and other assets.

In addition, new threats are a real concern for the modern security professional. SonicWall’s e-book “The strategic imperative for boundless cybersecurity” shows a 145 per cent year-on-year increase in never-before-seen threats. In other words, these threats are scaling well beyond the capacity of any IT security team to manage manually. As it is, 59 per cent of organizations recognise they have too few security personnel.

To reconcile the rapidly expanding attack surface with the shortage in trained cybersecurity professionals, organizations will need to rethink their approach to security. This is where the idea of Boundless Cybersecurity comes in. Boundless Cybersecurity is a suite of solutions specifically tailored to the understanding that many of today’s IT risks and threats are occurring outside of the organization’s own walls. It is a solution that “follows” the employee, and focuses on establishing and maintaining security best practices regardless of the devices being used and the location they are being used in.


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