The pandemic has had a huge influence on technology overall. Most organisations are trying to manage a workforce that work from their homes, from other locations outside of the office, and on diverse networks. And when you factor-in access requirements (employees could be using the public web or on-premise applications, for example), it’s easy to see why something like secure access service edge (SASE) is leading many technology conversations these days. In essence, SASE represents the ‘new normal’ from a security perspective of how we now need to work. That means saying goodbye to a working world that is focussed on the perimeter whilst organisations look to add cloud security to their existing on premises protection. With SASE, a different approach is needed other than that offered by legacy technology and includes all the tools and mechanisms required to provide optimal security to a remote workforce.
However you choose to look at the shape of your workforce today – WFH, hybrid, remote – one thing remains true for all organisations; it is much more complex for the IT teams of today to keep workers connected, in a secure and productive way, from wherever they might be working. For example, does your organisation currently suffer from fragmented, secure access? If so, then consider adopting a remote access solution that is unique and dedicated for all of your workforce. This is a good place to start your journey (unless you have already done so) with the concept of zero-trust, or zero trust network architecture (ZTNA).
Steve is planning on returning to the office on a full-time basis. Dan wants to continue to WFH as long as possible. Sarah is looking at mixing things up as she’s in sales and is on the road a lot. This scenario is very likely a reality for your organisation (and countless others). It is equally important that Steve, Dan and Sarah enjoy optimal user experience and can all work as productively as possible. Keeping them all connected with security front and foremost is a challenge that can be resolved by investing in the right technology.