Today's Hybrid Work Model Requires a Hybrid Approach to Security

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To address the hybrid future, IT and security leaders need to address the following five issues.
Over the past several years, the traditional enterprise network, built around the campus and data center, has greatly expanded. It now stretches from home offices, remote sites and the enterprise edge, to legacy private clouds and new multi-cloud infrastructures.

The move to a remote workforce, while sudden, was not unexpected. Most organizations have been headed in that direction since the advent of ubiquitous broadband. All the pandemic did was force companies to accelerate their digital transformation as reflected in last year's accelerated cloud migrations and adoption of collaboration tools. As with every other technological advance in history, there is no going back. Like it or not, work from home, indeed, work from anywhere, is here to stay. And IT teams now need to consider what steps they need to take in what was originally a temporary measure and make it permanent.

According to the recent "Forecast Analysis: Remote and Hybrid Workers, Worldwide" report from Gartner, the hybrid workplace, where workers divide time between being in the office and working from home, has shifted. Most organizations now estimate that their "knowledge workers" will be splitting their time each week between working in the office and working from home.

This shift to a hybrid workforce will have a lasting impact on networks. Issues like universal access to critical information and consistent user experience, whether an employee is on- or off-premises, will need to be addressed. A vital element of that conversation will be how to extend consistent security to every worker, regardless of their location or device.

This will be no easy task.

Today's highly distributed networks are also highly dynamic with automated changes in routing, security, and clouds to meet changing requirements. They're also increasingly more complex, which makes centralized visibility and control more difficult than ever before. And to complicate things further, many organizations have followed a…
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer, Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, John Edwards, Technology Journalist, Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, Vp, Fortinet S Global Field Ciso Team
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