In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many organizations to shift suddenly to remote work. Since then, a more hybrid work model has become the norm — and it’s likely to stay this way.
Fortunately, hybrid work poses many benefits for organizations. Nonetheless, securing a hybrid work environment poses a new challenge for security and IT teams.
A hybrid model — where workers toggle between in-office and remote work environments — means fluctuating types of assets touching the network, some managed by the business and others that are not.
Security teams will need to devise new processes, policies, and controls around assets — regardless of asset type and location, and over any type of connection — to allow for secure but simple access.
How Hybrid Work Impacts Security
With network perimeter becoming a thing of the past, many argue that “identity” is the new perimeter.
Today, properly securing assets requires organizations to understand the identity and security state of all deployed assets — hardware, software, and users. Identity is a unique set of attributes for each asset. When identity is broadened to include all assets, it helps companies better understand and control their cybersecurity risks.
But hybrid work environments further complicate asset discovery, classification, and management. Increased numbers and types of assets connecting into corporate resources means a greater number of devices the business must support from a security standpoint.
The way forward for security teams? A new strategy for how to handle onboarding and access to these assets — and it all starts with visibility.
Achieving Visibility With Cybersecurity Asset Management
Securing a hybrid work environment requires advanced solutions that don't stop at real-time asset inventory — and automated cybersecurity asset management with policy enforcement can help.
An effective cybersecurity asset management solution enables businesses to identify all assets (every device type, user, application, host, server, and more) in real time, no matter their state, ownership, and location. It also empowers IT and security teams to understand the security configuration of each deployed asset and close security gaps with automated actions.
Modern asset management platforms enable users to enforce policies and manage security solution coverage from a single solution. Plus, they provide context and enrichment from third party data sources.
In our white paper “Take Back Control of Your Hybrid Work Environment”, written in partnership with TAG Cyber, we explore how modern cybersecurity asset management platforms drive secure hybrid work environments.
We also dive into why organizations need a comprehensive asset management program and related technology that includes:
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By Mekhala Roy