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Hybrid Workforce and Cyber Security Strategy

To enable the growth of SaaS, cloud-based apps, and an increasingly distant workforce, many companies are exploring a network transformation programme. Given the connectivity requirements of a remote workforce – and the fact that a hybrid workforce is here to stay – many IT departments have been forced to make drastic changes in the way employees connect to corporate systems, potentially exposing them to new cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

It's critical to identify hazards as well as any potential blind spots when designing a security plan for supporting a mixed workforce. Identifying these areas of weakness should be a primary focus for CISOs as they embark on their transformational journeys. It's critical to keep corporate data safe everywhere if employees are to be able to work from anywhere. However, implementing the same policies across endpoints, networks, the web, and the cloud necessitates a different strategy.

Cloud vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, for example, are still a worry, especially as the desire for more cloud integration grows. As a result, CISOs are changing their strategy to protecting the corporate perimeter, employing new controls and monitoring tools to analyse any network access. Security leaders are starting to realise that standard data centre detection capabilities do not extend to the cloud, necessitating a strategic adjustment. As a result, the modern CISO's top priority when it comes to protecting the remote workforce is finding and remediating cloud system vulnerabilities and misconfiguration problems.

Another area where CISOs have had to adapt is keeping up with the security threat landscape. Hackers' approaches have developed to avoid discovery by employing techniques that demand less effort and yield a bigger profit. The goal is to get money or steal sensitive information, which is usually accomplished through ransomware schemes, state-sponsored tactics, or simply malicious individuals wanting to build a name for themselves in the internet underworld. In any case, they are more cunning and well-equipped than they were a year ago. Cybercrime has become a business, with many cybercriminals selling their tools, stolen information, and ransomware kits on the dark web, making it easy for others to copy and create further havoc.

With the potential to launch cyberattacks more rapidly and with less effort, CISOs and security teams are adopting a proactive cybersecurity mentality. This method avoids being overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of attacks, particularly those aimed at workers who work outside the typical boundary and access company files remotely.

Those that do not take a proactive approach are putting themselves at risk, as even the most advanced defence techniques will become useless if they are not tested and updated on a regular basis. While artificial intelligence can mimic human behaviour, hackers are surpassing many organisations in terms of technology and hacking techniques used to attack them.

When it comes to an organization's cybersecurity, the job is never done. This entails remaining one step ahead of the next looming danger. Looking ahead today will allow you to better prepare for the future. CISOs should be including third-party risk mitigation, embedding security into the development process, and protecting against ransomware attacks as part of a future-proofing cybersecurity strategy for a hybrid workforce.

With the reality of mobile working, organisations are experiencing a transformation in networking and security, especially as they rapidly adopt and embrace the cloud. CISOs are looking for more efficiency, visibility, and security for their companies as a result of this. Implementations of SASE and Zero Trust can give more extensive security capabilities to help with digital transitions. So get in touch with us for more information on how to strategize your organisation's security.

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