If history has taught us anything, it’s that change is always constant. The most successful companies of this generation—think Apple and Amazon—embraced drastic change in order to thrive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are being challenged by change with the unprecedented speed required to shift entire workforces to remote work, with security and IT teams shouldering the brunt of this challenge.
To support a large number of employees working remotely, security and IT professionals had to make countless adaptations in the span of a week, or even a few days. VPN capacity had to be tested, new collaboration software was adopted and office hardware was moved from work desks to personal desks, out of reach from the IT team. We are sure your respective teams dealt with the same challenges.
Now that we take a look back, did we execute this security shift correctly? The answer might not come until a year from now when an inventory audit reveals a few misplaced desktop monitors. But in the meantime, we have compiled an assessment of the immediate aftermath, a catalog of what worked well for CSOs and CISOs in their attempts to properly secure data across remote workforces, and what they admit might not have been the best route.
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