All of us have developed a measure of personal risk surrounding multiple points of vulnerability. Those vulnerability points include access to our dwellings, accounts, and applications we’ve downloaded for entertainment, business, social media, and smart devices for home management.
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From antiquity to the present, every civilization has felt the need to develop a warning system to alert the citizenry of impending peril. Whether the source of the imminent danger was due to natural disaster or enemy combatants, ‘sounding the alarm’ in some fashion was crucial.
The expanding nature of network access by multi-clouds, mobile users, IoT devices, and the remote worker population is forcing companies to broaden their perspectives on network security. It is becoming clear that a default no-trust security posture is becoming a necessity for protecting the growing network perimeter.
For decades, from 1911 to the late 1980’s, canaries were used in coal mines as an early warning system of rising carbon monoxide levels. When the tiny birds became ill or died, it was an alert for miners to quickly evacuate. This method of securing the safety of miners worked fairly well, if they were vigilant about checking on the poor canary. Distractions, the tedium and exertion of the work, and failure on the part of the lookout could spell disaster. Not the most foolproof security system! With technological advancements, canaries were eventually replaced with electronic carbon monoxide sensors.
Overcome the Cybersecurity Skills Crisis with a People-First Approach and the Right Integrated Solutions
The perfect storm of accelerated digital transformation, a pandemic-induced remote workforce, and escalation of cybercrime has greatly exacerbated a global shortage of skilled IT professionals. With the sharp increase in cloud computing and use of remote mobile devices, cybersecurity vulnerabilities are expanding exponentially. The increase of cyber threats coupled with the labor gap is causing many to leave the field due to stress and burnout.
The Covid-19 pandemic created the compulsory need for organizations to quickly shift from a primarily business workplace environment to a mostly working from anywhere. VPN quickly became the go-to solution for securing remote workers and third-parties to corporate networks. Unfortunately, many companies found that while VPN protected user connections outside the network, it also gave them complete access to their IT assets inside the corporate network.
Today’s enterprise perimeters stretch across a boundless landscape with technology layers that have profound breadth and depth. While cloud and mobile technologies have enabled users, devices, servers and data storage to be more distributed than ever, modern cybersecurity technology is enabling tighter controls that strictly limit access and permissions. It is this juxtaposition that has created the need for an explicit non-trusting digital environment.
In the quest to protect vital assets, it has become a business imperative to adopt Privileged Access Management (PAM) for enterprises of every size, and in every industry. As digital transformation and the explosion of IoT devices continue to expand network perimeters, impenetrable safeguards against malicious malware becomes mission critical. Integrating a PAM solution as part of a zero trust approach is a necessity for maintaining control over access to, and usage of, enterprise infrastructure.