When waves of cyber attacks hit last year, such as WannaCry and Not Petya ransomwares, businesses lost billions of dollars in high-profile breaches. In addition, more than half of the U.S. population’s Social Security information was compromised in the Equifax breach. It was a record-breaking year. Perhaps the only good that came out of these fiascos is that users became more aware of the importance of cyber security.
Moving to the cloud and enabling mobility are top IT priorities for organizations of all sizes. Today, most business have adopted a hybrid IT model, which includes legacy on-premise applications in local data centers and popular SaaS applications hosted in the cloud. Securing this hybrid IT environment, while providing a consistent experience — with anytime, any device, any application access to authenticated users — remains a key challenge for the IT department.
Smartphones, laptops and internet connectivity have become necessities of life. We move around with powerful computing devices in our pockets or backpacks. This “on-the-go” lifestyle has transformed the way we work. Employees today want on demand access to resources and the ability to be productive from anywhere. Organizations too are embracing cloud and mobile, and allowing employees to use their personal devices for work.
The 2017 RSA Conference opens at Moscone Center in San Francisco next week, February 13-17. One of the biggest cybersecurity events of the year, the conference allows thousands of industry professionals to interact with leading security experts to learn about the latest threats, strategies and techniques to combat increasingly more devastating cyber-attacks.
We are midway through the shopping season this year and already online retail shopping is having record sales. According to Adobe, final numbers indicate that Black Friday surpassed estimates, with $3.34 billion – 21.6 percent growth, year-over-year. Mobile accounted for $1.2 billion, a 33 percent increase from the year before. Gartner predicts that 70 percent of mobile employees will use their personal smart devices to conduct work by 2018.
The way business professionals work has changed dramatically over the last several years, and continues to at an ever-growing rate. They are on the go and working from different locations across all hours using many devices to allow for a work/life balance. We have become an “always-on” society. Workers are also doing more work remotely, whether it be at a coffee shop, on the train to work, or on a business trip from a hotel room.
Note: This is a guest blog by Ken Fletcher, CEO of Quarterhorse Technology Inc., a SonicWall Premier Partner based in New York. http://www.iqti.com/ Security is a major concern for small and large companies. When small companies hear the term enterprise-level security, the first thing that comes to mind is how much it would cost upfront and long term.
Digital natives predominantly compose the student body at today’s education institutions, and technological advancements have created unprecedented opportunities for personalized learning. BYOD and other emerging technologies have allowed school districts, colleges, and universities to become more effective, inclusive, and collaborative. With the proliferation of devices now on the network, however, IT administrators are now faced with the enormous task of empowering end-users to capitalize on the benefits of increased mobility and connectivity, while also ensuring the integrity of the organization’s network and data.
Managing and securing mobile data is about to get a whole lot easier. Mobile platform providers, historically focused on the consumer, are now investing heavily in new OS features that will seamlessly integrate with mobile management and security solutions and allow businesses to more easily enable mobile access to more data and resources without compromising security.
The number of mobile devices in the workplace is exploding and with this, a new frontier for cyber-attack is emerging that poses a significant risk to business. As the great philosopher and strategist SunTze wrote, “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” Threat analysts are finding that malware isn’t just a problem for laptops any more.