The last 18 months turned out to be quite a challenge for small and large businesses. But if we highlight the companies, the drastic changes introduced due to the remote workforce brought about a paradigm shift in the way we protect work.
Knowledge workers have had a profound impact on productivity in general. However, their needs presented challenges to the security departments in charge of ensuring the work and ensuring that any new approach or solution did not stifle the productivity of the process.
Cloud adoption skyrocketed to enable distributed manpower. However, in the process, the attack surface for businesses expanded rapidly, leaving security teams not only a host of new cloud-based applications to monitor, but a distributed workforce operating on the edge of the net. While challenging, it forced many companies to rethink their approaches to cybersecurity.
“COVID changed the way security professionals think and address their challenges in a meaningful way,” says Poornima Debolle, product director and co-founder of Menlo Security. Organizations have been accustomed to working in a certain way for decades. However, today, employees spend 75 percent of their time in a browser, DeBolle says, citing a recent Google study that points to the explosion of work done in Internet browsers and the use of SaaS applications in the cloud.
What do you advise security leaders today? “Look for use cases that benefit your cloud trip the most,” says DeBolle.
In the full video interview below, Dark Reading contributing editor Terry Sweeney talks to DeBolle, who breaks down the use cases that security professionals should focus on to protect productivity while allowing current activity.