With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, employees may soon accomplish what was for a year impossible for many: Returning to the office. That return will often include laptops that have been off-network for a year, translating to 365 days of pent-up alerts ready to flood security teams all at once. 

Combine those issues with problems tied to workspaces and equipment left unattended for months on end, rapidly changing personnel, and the need to acclimate employees back into an office environment. Security is at an inflection point. 

Ideally, "organizations had crisis management programs activated a year ago,” said Andrew Turner, senior vice president in Booz Allen’s cybersecurity services, bringing together human resources, security teams, technology, and executive management. “Those teams have likely been meeting throughout the year."

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