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How to Keep Hackers Out of Your Distributed Environment

Manuel Reischl
19.12.2021
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Zero Trust Access Management

New normal, new challenges

One of the outcomes of COVID-19 has been our newfound openness to remote work. According to a recent PwC survey, 41% of workers would now prefer their workdays to be fully remote, compared with 29% in January 2021, signaling the desire to work remotely is only ramping up. For cybersecurity teams, this new reality brings with it more threats to tackle—and to be able to do so effectively, they must make sure their strategies change and adapt along with the threatscape.

Without access to office services, remote workers are also using their own personal Wi-Fi, or even worse, unsecured public networks. An unsecured router can be an access point not just for an Advanced Persistent Threat, which is a sophisticated hacker operation targeting a specific business, but also for even the most basic of hackers.

Add to this trivial challenges like BYOD and time zone differences forcing the employee to make security decisions on their own, like verifying the legitimacy of a suspicious instruction.

Bye VPN, Hi Zero Trust

In this reality, good-old VPNs don’t cut it. Zero Trust access solutions are the heirs of VPNs. Their main benefit is replacing all-network access with near-surgical, per-app permission granularity, minding user role, and request context. The Cato SASE Cloud, which belongs to Cato Networks, is an example of such a cloud-native solution. It can accommodate users without the need to deploy dedicated VPN infrastructure, making it especially convenient for workers who work remotely from their first day on the job.

Security solutions to facilitate remote work

In the full article published in CPO Mag, I review some security guidelines to make remote work, well… work. Check them out and contact us should you have questions regarding your specific business case.

Read full article on CPO Magazine

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