From a human point of view, COVID-19 continues to be a global tragic event. We all look forward to the day when we can return to normal living. From the point of view of the digital world, the pandemic has given a rapid acceleration to numerous trends. In the last decade or so, distance working has already become popular for some activities and the same is true for distance learning. Popular, but not yet pervasive.
What used to be privileges in the pre-COVID era have now become necessities. No one could have predicted the extent and speed with which distance work and learning have expanded their presence and impact on supply chains, corporate cultures, morale and productivity.
Some business leaders may have thought it was possible to proceed for another year or two without embracing the digital transformation, but the pandemic has given them no option but to hurry. Those who had a physical store before the emergency probably already have some form of online business now. Otherwise, it would risk being completely out of business.
Now that the new year has begun, what important lessons have we learned from 2020? How can they help us operate better in a critical area like cybersecurity?
Here are four points to consider in this 2021:
Now that more people work from home, and will likely continue to do so, it is necessary to extend the visibility of the corporate network. Employees are likely to use the same network as their families, thus creating additional entry points for cybercriminals. We must think of the home as the new corporate network, with a perimeter that is wider than ever.
2.The new workplace
People have always gone to work, but now it’s work that goes to people, who could use any device or network, from anywhere. What used to be bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is evolving towards bring-your-own-choice (BYOC). Wherever you’re working, it’s the new normal, so we need a more uniform and structured way of doing security. This requires a marked acceleration of automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud delivery and other trends that have been going on for years.
3.Building and sustaining cybersecurity awareness
While the rapid transition to remote working was underway, the attackers didn’t stop to give us time to make any necessary adjustments. Indeed, they have become more aggressive than ever and have used the emergency to arm their attacks. We need to double up on cyber awareness, ongoing training and regular exercises. No one had planned a pandemic, but now we know enough to consider potential cyber attacks.
4.Software-defined cloud delivery
One of the big challenges at the start of the health emergency, with the sudden shift to working remotely, was delivering security at scale. The factors that define where and how to work will likely change forever, and people will need secure remote access at all times. We must view IT security modernization as a vital investment for our organizations, as important as any other business function.
Traditional approaches to security will no longer work in a world that changes as rapidly as the current one. The pandemic has been an accelerator of change, and companies need to be able to adapt quickly. One of the lessons is precisely to be prepared for everything and to be aware that modern challenges require modern solutions.
In cybersecurity, modernization means cloud-delivery, software-defined models, Zero Trust, cloud-based data loss protection, autonomous SOC, artificial intelligence, machine learning, shared threat intelligence, and a platform model that eliminates unnecessary specific products .
Business leaders should be aware of these trends so they can ask the right questions of their cybersecurity teams and make sure their investments are as effective as possible, today and in the future.