This summer, my to-do list was full of stories about cybersecurity issues related to hybrid work. I was hopeful that the path to the end of the pandemic was ahead of us. Many companies announced their plans for keeping fully remote or hybrid workforce models with as much certainty as possible during a global pandemic. Approaches like zero trust can make those plans smoother.
And now, the virus is surging once again. We can’t build a good cybersecurity strategy around a single problem that we are responding to in a panic, be it a specific attack or a global pandemic.
Even the best responses we put together on the fly are not likely to be as effective as a well-thought-out approach. Businesses that stay in reactionary mode are failing at risk management. That ultimately puts their business continuity at risk to the point that they could even go out of business. And in some industries, like healthcare and finance, organizations risk compliance issues.
Building a Flexible Approach
Instead of reacting, change the focus to building a flexible and complete approach.
People often focus on a specific product or solution as the answer. But the answer is bigger than that. We need to totally change our mindset and build a framework that allows us to protect our data before problems happen. We also need the agility to make changes instead of trying something brand new when a new threat or pivot appears.
That requires a solution that will solve most (if not all) of cybersecurity challenges regardless of what happens in terms of where their employees physically do their work. And the longer companies stay in remote work mode, the more likely they will be to consider a l ..
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