The security industry has been constantly redefining itself, moving past conventional physical security protocols toward a data-backed, passwordless and automated digital world.
With the post-pandemic transforming technological landscape, new trends have been evolving to meet the demands. Therefore, it is important for CXOs to keep an eye on emerging trends and adapt accordingly. In this article, I plan to outline the development that will influence the future world of work.
Setting stage for Anywhere Workplace
The ‘anywhere workplace’ that was once a distant dream has become a post-pandemic reality. Amidst the great resignation, flexible workplaces have become a decisive factor among other contributing factors like low pay and job insecurity. However, the availability of remote onboarding and workforce management solutions have made communication and collaboration disruptions a nine-day wonder. With remote onboarding, an employee’s aspiration to start a new career is no longer hampered. Remote workforce management tools help businesses monitor inefficient workflows and track performance.
From the ‘Castle and Moat’ approach to the ‘Zero Trust’ approach
The introduction of IoT and mobile devices into the corporate domain has made futile the concept of trusting devices within the corporate perimeter (Castle and Moat approach). Zero Trust addresses this concern by considering every endpoint and connection as a threat unless it is authenticated, authorized and validated. Keeping a rein on security, trust is granted only for a limited timeframe, after which users much reauthorize themselves before accessing resources. With President Joe Biden’s declaration to federal agencies on taking steps toward adopting a zero-trust architecture, the zero-trust strategy has gained consensus in the governmental sector as well.
A single step towards greater hygiene: Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
Managing geographically dispersed devices equipped with the least security measures did raise the alarm within corporate admins. However, the presence of UEMs helped them gain greater visibility of the assets logged into the corporate networks. Policy restrictions, remote actions and application configurations could be pushed into the remotely deployed endpoints. In addition, admins could ensure that devices remained policy-compliant by preventing users from circumventing security protocols.
Beefing up network security with SASE
It’s all a game of networking, and as a part of shoring up network security, enterprises have shown a strong interest in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) platforms. SASE, at its core, is a confluence of technologies like SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide-Area-Networking), New Gen SWG (Secure Web Gateway), FSaaS (Firewall-as-a-service) and ZTNA, all of which aspires towards making safe networking a reality. Along with ensuring visibility into device behavior, it offers protection at the doorstep of devices, eliminating the need for security deployment at centralized data centers. Still, the market being at a nascent stage, will need to run through a maturity cycle before capitalizing on the appeal.
The Future World of Work
It has always been a little more of cybersecurity. Businesses are currently reinventing their security strategies by exploring the new frontiers of enterprise security. The much-lauded metaverse opens doors to a newer set of loopholes, and an imminent need to manage XR devices will tag along. Using sophisticated algorithms, AI will help detect malware and battle the bad bots paving the way for better endpoint protection. While these trends do not assure a threat-free environment, they bring on a challenging game for hackers.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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