How has your company’s structure changed over the past year? How have your daily work practices shifted? If you’re like most businesses, you’ve added quite a bit of flexibility for your employees. They’re working remotely, and technology supports this new reality. You’ve probably added to your “internet of things”, allowing employees to check in from smart phones, tablets, or laptops. Quite simply put, your network has expanded across both physical space and time.
But of course, an expanded network also means expanded vulnerabilities. Each device that accesses your accounts and data provides another opportunity for malware and other bad actors to infiltrate your system. That’s why the concept of an “everywhere perimeter” has grown both in popularity and necessity. An everywhere perimeter essentially protects all of your accounts and data, no matter where your employees are physically located or what devices they use to check in to work.
In the old days, we set up a perimeter around your office network. This worked just fine most of the time. Employees reported to the office in the morning, only used the devices provided within your physical office space, and then clocked out and went home at the end of the day. Assuming your network and each device on it was protected, so was your data and your equipment.
But now, the office has shifted to the virtual space, and it’s time to rethink security. Rather than securing your actual network at your actual office, we must expand security to include any device that accesses your cloud or any of your accounts. That’s a tall order, but it must be done.
So now, rather than thinking in the physical space with regard to security, we consider vulnerabilities in the sense of “everywhere”. Every location your employees visit, from which they check into work, must also be secured. We do that by focusing on devices, and also by educating employees on which networks are safe to use (and which ones are not).
Essentially, we establish a perimeter that works everywhere, so that your data is safe no matter where you’re working.
Give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH and we will discuss your current security measures. Together we will evaluate your needs and decide if your protocol should be updated to reflect a new reality and new vulnerabilities.