Almost exactly two years ago when organizations across the world were thrust into a remote work situation because of the pandemic, the rapid adoption of solutions to facilitate a new way of keeping employees connected to the company took place. Two years on, a new normal has been established and it involves a hybrid work situation.
While a remote work situation might have seemed unheard of for the traditional nine-to-five employee prior to the pandemic, today’s hybrid work situation is practically commonplace. The challenge for many IT teams has been to keep productivity at the right levels while simultaneously establishing a secure environment.
Addressing Security at Home (Remotely)
The bulk of remote workers have established a home office where the network connection is often the weak link that cyber criminals exploit. With so many personal devices connected to the network, there seems to be a multitude of targets. Most of these devices are not recognized by the company security team, opening up a host of risks.
Secure access service edge (SASE) has emerged as a possible cure-all. SASE is a security framework that involves converging network security services into a single, cloud-delivered service model. Gartner says that by 2024, 40% of organizations will have “explicit strategies to adopt SASE.” The reason for the mass adoption (relative to where it was a few years ago) is that SASE architecture identifies users and devices while applying policy-based security and offering secure access to data and applications.
Aside from those advantages, SASE adoption can also lead to more flexibility in hybrid work solutions, cost savings, less complex IT management, and the ability to adopt more zero trust initiatives.
Hybrid Work: Here to Stay
Some organizations learned that remote work was actually beneficial to them and have adopted more permanent solutions that allow more employees the option to work remotely. This has initiated more permanent IT solutions related to hybrid work technologies.
Virtual private networks (VPNs) worked fine for most organizations with limited remote work adoption, but given the fact that VPN was not intended for large-scale adoption, the optimal choice has been to switch out VPNs for SASE solutions. To ensure that you’re adopting the right solutions, you must work with a qualified professional that knows which technologies will fit your workflow and your current infrastructure.
At ITBroker.com, we’re committed to assisting our clients in getting exactly what they need for their hybrid work situation. We’ll take the time to get to know your needs and how the most current solutions will step up to keep you productive and secure.