Organizations across the board want to keep their data and processes out of harm’s way. But in the present work environment where remote employees are an overwhelming chunk of your workforce, things can get quite complicated really fast.
Remote work is the new normal and organizations that want to remain competitive have to brace this reality and do so quickly. Becoming fully immune from cyber threats, especially in the present circumstances, is nothing more than wishful thinking.
However, that does not mean in any way that you should stop trying, to say the very least. Instead, what organizations need to do is devise holistic security solutions and minimize the threat surface to the best extent possible.
Limitations of Traditional Security Protocols
The most visible limitation of traditional security measures such as Virtual Private Networks (VPN) is that they are no more a fit for the present work environment. Most such solutions are slapped over existing hardware as a stand alone component of IT infrastructure.
As a result, what you end up with is yet another layer of hardware to procure, maintain and continually upgrade. This is a major drag on organizational resources, both in terms of finance and human capital.
In addition to the above challenges posed by traditional systems, below are some visible pain points of such solutions.
Most dated security solutions do not have the capability to secure right down to the end user or process level. So, you have loosely structured security protocols that lie only at the peripheral level. Once someone has infiltrated, you are completely defenseless.
Circumvent Security Protocols
The traditional approach to security is more of a trade off between speed, complexity and security. As a result, as soon as you try to enhance the speed or performance of the infrastructure, security is perhaps among the first casualties.
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Hastily Implemented WFH Solutions
An extension of the above pain point in most cases is the hasty implementation of Work from Home (WFH) solutions to meet stringent timelines. This typically results in bypassing or even worse, disabling security measures to meet those unrealistic deadlines.
When you combine all the above cited pain points into a single environment, you are left with an infrastructure that has exploitable gaps in cyber security. This is not at all welcome news for your organization, regardless of its size or concerned industry.
Modern Take on Security
Although the main purpose of robust security protocols currently is protecting remote employees but the above pain points also extend to on premise deployments. The modern approach to security completely negates the concept of privileged access.
More importantly, security is becoming a very granular domain. Now, you need to secure each process and end user alike in the new remote work era. A blanket of security is quite likely to prove ineffective against modern cyber threats.
Then, you have to tackle the issue of access rights to data and applications. As per the modern approach, you need to give access to data or resources purely on a case to case basis and only to the extent that’s essentially required.
Segmented IT Infrastructure
End goal of the modern security paradigm should be a highly segmented network in which end users will have access to only the data or resources that they actually need. Rest of the network may remain unchartered territory unless necessitated otherwise.
Security is a very challenging environment for organizations regardless of the industry or size. It has to be viewed as a constantly evolving domain where you have to remain abreast of the latest developments and technologies out there.
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