How Security Teams Are Approaching the Hybrid Workplace

If you’ve got a long history of what might kindly be referred to as “misalignment of goals” between security teams and IT teams, now is the time to begin working toward similar goals. Many businesses have embraced a hybrid situation where employees are working from the office and remotely, creating a “borderless” environment that requires disparate teams to come together.

While cloud technology has offered expansive mobility, the traditional office environment was further sculpted into a new normal via the remote-work requirement caused by the pandemic. When security teams and IT teams don’t play nice, there are increased challenges: a less visible network environment, poor performance, and ultimately increased risks.

No Silos

IT and security teams were once (and, in some cases, still are) uniquely separated, each on a different path. While an IT team might be focused on productivity and reducing workflow bottlenecks, the security team was tasked with looking for risks in those same technologies and solutions.

What is helping to push this relationship forward is the fact that employees want to work from devices that they prefer to work on rather than a corporate-only device. There was once a struggle that involved using devices brought into the workplace that were not secure, were unprotected, and presented risks, which is why many organizations adopted a privacy policy that was meant to shore up some of the cyber risks.

Now that many employees are working remotely, managing a security policy is even more challenging. Rather than taking a tough approach, many IT managers and security team leaders are looking to work with employees to ensure, without being overly strict, that employees have access to the technology they need, while arming them with solutions that keep their information and company data out of the hands of cyber criminals.

Adopting Zero Trust

Virtual private networks can only do so much to protect you. Even encryption has its limitations. Therefore, security teams are working to establish zero trust network access policies. This is proving fruitful because it allows them to take a granular approach to securing access to the network.

There are a variety of advantages to implementing zero trust, including threat protection, less risk of data exfiltration, increased visibility, secure cloud adoption, enhanced hybrid workforce security, and heightened data privacy.

At One Connect, we’re focused on making sure our customers are making the right kind of connections. We understand that the frequently changing landscape of technology can be a trying situation, but we know how to align technology to your needs, regardless of how frequently they evolve. Save time and eliminate hassle by working with One Connect. Contact us, and let’s discuss how your IT and security teams can work together for a safer, more productive environment.