RETURN TO THE OFFICE: REASSESS, REFINE, REIMAGINE
SECURITY: ALWAYS CRUCIAL
Security is key for any organisation today. However, while security has been a constant requirement since the outbreak of the pandemic, it is important to assess vulnerability across all areas of the organisation as people return to the office.
If anything, the return to office is an opportune time to take stock of your security strategy and to think about the future more holistically – remembering that security is an enabler to many of the guidance points we have covered above.
YOUR VULNERABILITIES ACROSS ALL AREAS OF TECHNOLOGY
Many changes have been made to meet evolving needs – but they haven’t always been carried out with a best-practice approach due to the pressures of the time. Assessing your vulnerabilities across all of the previously mentioned technology domains is vital.
NETWORK AND CONNECTIVITY
Balancing the bandwidth and the customer experience with the security protocols that are needed is key – you need to be able to secure your business while enabling people to work in the way that they want.
PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY
There’s been a significant increase in the use of public cloud to meet the remote working need, but do you have assurances in their configuration? Consider penetration and application testing to put your security posture to the test and identify any weaknesses that need addressing.
WORKPLACE AND COLLABORATION
More devices are being used than ever, so you need to be assured that each one is up-to-date, patched and secure. There will also be devices you don’t know about, which your people have added to their own inventory.
THE BENEFITS OF A SASE APPROACH
It’s commonly agreed that SASE will be the future security mode for most organisations – but it’s a journey rather than a quick fix. It is therefore useful to set a SASE strategy now if you haven’t already, or review how your existing strategy has progressed during COVID-19.
Many organisations deployed VPNs to enable corporate network access, however this isn’t the most efficient mode for controlling traffic. Consider direct access to cloud services for your people, perhaps via a cloud proxy.
This will most probably become the intelligent solution you need. SD-WAN is a key component of SASE because combining it with security to create a cloud service enables secure, simplified WAN management.
The end-point of your SASE strategy is to adopt a zero-trust approach that delivers secure access on a per user, per application basis – removing the vulnerabilities that traditional network access brings.
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Cloud Secure Web Gateway (CSWG)
Application controls and security policies for internet and cloud access can start you on your SASE journey.
Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
A cloud hosted, or on-premises software that acts as an intermediary between your users and cloud service providers
Ongoing monitoring and management of your security posture, often outsourced to partners, both on-premises and in the cloud.
As your organisation changes its approach to accommodate new ways of working, consistent testing for vulnerabilities keeps the management on point.
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Learn more about the benefits of a SASE approach with it being so new, and establish a robust adoption strategy. Contact your Softcat Account Manager
Penetration and Application Testing
Put your security posture to the test to identify any weaknesses that need addressing. Find out more
Security Baseline Assessment
See how your security performs under pressure by simulating a wide variety of breaches. Find out more
Vulnerability Assessment Service
Test how vulnerable your security setup is and identify areas for improvement.