Even as enterprises put the chaos of 2020 behind them, cybersecurity holdovers from the past year continue to haunt IT security teams. In addition, new security threats rear their ugly heads every day, keeping IT on their toes.
As an IT leader, cybersecurity threats are constantly on your mind. They lurk in dark corners, lay in wait and when a moment of vulnerability presents itself, they strike!
Even as employees return to the office, just as many are choosing to stay remote. As a result, many enterprises need solutions that can provide specialized security for remote workforces.
Over the last year, the need to support employees from alternative working locations has risen dramatically. However, even as employees return to the office, when given the choice, many are choosing to continue working from home. For IT, this means finding a longer-term solution that can provide the same network security and user experience at these alternative work locations that employees would have in the office.
IT security is an increasingly complex mission, especially after the turmoil of 2020. If your organization is like most, your workforce is likely still dispersed, your employees are utilizing their own devices to access the network, and your data is living in a growing number of locations, including the edge, private cloud, public cloud, and on-premises.
The greatest measure of an IT security solution, besides its usefulness in protecting the enterprise from threats, is how cost-effective it is. This is especially true in the eyes of enterprise leaders and decision makers, who continually expect more out of IT while offering fewer resources.
When it comes to service delivery, there has never been more pressure on IT teams than today. With rapid adoption of digital technology and the prioritization of responsiveness, employees, customers, vendors, and enterprise leaders expect digital needs to be fulfilled faster than IT can often provide.
For IT, 2021 will be all about polishing and refining the strategies rapidly put in place to facilitate the employee exodus from the campus to the home. Remote workforces, once the exception, have become the new status quo. As the dust settles, many enterprises may find this temporary solution is now a permanent expectation.
Today’s enterprise networks are no longer centrally located and are increasingly geographically dispersed, especially as mobile devices and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies have been adopted. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud computing have further complicated matters.
So we’re nearing the end of 2020, and luckily the shock and awe of the pandemic has largely worn off as employees have adjusted to the work from home life. On the enterprise side, patchwork, short-term solutions that were thrown together when shelter-in-place mandates were first instituted are being switched out for long-term options that will better accommodate the remote workforce, many of whom may choose to continue to work remotely even after the pandemic is over.