The standard of working in an office is no longer the standard. Today, work from home, and all that it encompasses, is the new normal. In many ways, things haven’t changed. The focus for security is still the same: access, managing entitlements and controlling endpoints security expense. So, what does that mean now? And what does that mean in the next six months when people come back to a more typical work environment? Robert Meyers, compliance and privacy professional at One Identity, explains.
Digital transformation is the modern phenomena of enabling users to work from anywhere but as with access to all the same resources as if they were working in the office. It often refers to the concept of using cloud resources. Perhaps this transformation was something organisations were putting off; however, in the end, it happened with a sudden crush of additional work. But it happened. Thank you, global pandemic.
The forced digital transformation was done in such a way that IT departments worked like mad to make the changes that no longer could wait for tomorrow. To keep businesses running, things were done as rapidly as possible, not as securely as possible; not as automated as possible. Changes were done because they had to be.
During any digital transformation, there are four areas on which to focus. Namely:
Remote access – getting users working remotely
Managing entitlements – giving users the right to do things that they need to
Let’s look at the four focus categories in more detail as it applies to dealing with the changes of today and in the future.
To keep business running, users need to have access. When we talk about remote access, we’re not just talking about giving somebody a VPN client. They need to have all the tools they need to access their workloads.