Many organizations assumed remote work would fade as organizations lift COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and things would return to “normal.” Not only is remote work here to stay, security teams are tasked with managing and securing a complex data environment.
The most profound change to enterprise security with the rise of remote work is the way endpoint security has moved from last line of defense to being on the frontline. The user’s endpoint is the first device attackers encounter, making defenses such as anti-malware, endpoint detection and response, regular software updates, and data encryption essential. Among the most important technical security controls is adequate access control to limit access to sensitive data only to those who need that data.
Traditional IT standbys such as backup and recovery are becoming important again with the twin threats of ransomware attacks and the possibility of remote workers misplacing their devices. With attackers increasingly targeting remote workers, organizations have to implement a flexible and proactive security strategy to protect them. Enterprises need to think holistically and make sure the strategy encompasses the security of endpoints, data, and networks.
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