In the past week, we have seen an incredible change in how the country is reacting to the pandemic. Just last week many organizations were attempting to create or solidify contingency plans “if” the need to transition to a remote workforce arose - this week, that became a reality for a large majority of organizations across the globe. From finance and marketing to technology and education, working from home has suddenly become the “new normal” for the foreseeable future, and securing your remote workforce has become to a top concern.
All companies, including those not yet directly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, have a limited amount of time to make sure that they are prepared if/when the virus hits their area, maybe even directly in their organization. Right now, companies are advised to do a function-by-function audit as well as a holistic overview to identify areas needing immediate attention—such as addressing network security gaps, revisiting work from home policies, or tackling potential operational shortfalls, such as lack of cloud communication tools.
Today’s workloads and applications require networks to be configured for prioritization and give quick and easy access to clouds and colocation. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) refers to cloud-based infrastructure resources delivered to organizations via virtualization technology to help build and manage servers, network, operating systems, and data storage. It eliminates the need for remote access hardware, helps with data replication and virtual access, offers security options, and provides an operational expense model.
Given the increasing mobility of the current workforce, the need for on-demand technology and services will only keep growing at a rapid rate. One area that will be a huge catalyst for this is unified communications. Today, remote workers and field sales positions want devices and apps to quickly reach their counterparts.
The cyber security landscape is changing rapidly, sometimes daily. Many IT security teams are stretched to their limits, finding it challenging to manage the ever-multiplying threats and sometimes even decipher real risks from false alarms. To combat this and more quickly identify authentic threats, many organizations have turned to the option of building their own security operations center (SOC).
According to Gartner, internet downtime can cost businesses an average of $5,600 per minute – which is an astonishing $300,000 per hour. For any business, especially SMBs, a loss that substantial can be devastating and have a major impact on overall revenue. It is important that businesses, no matter what the size, take measures to minimize the effects of internet outages and downtime. The simplest and most cost-effective solution is backup internet.
Now into 2020, the cybersecurity threats continue to come . And it is not just the traditional attacks businesses need to be afraid of - it is the newer variants. No matter which industry or company size, everybody is at risk.
A lot of these emerging threats stem from web applications being created and deployed. Very often, the IT or project management team are under enormous pressure to deliver a product under budget and ahead of schedule. Because of this, adequate security measures can be overlooked or missed. Or if your business outsourced the project, the third party could have not properly tested for vulnerabilities or weaknesses.
It is quite possible that a backdoor (or several) could be left open for risk.
Before diving into network soup and getting a better grasp on how the various solutions work together, it is imperative to understand them individually. Here is a breakdown.
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