“The distributed workforce operating from less secure environments has necessitated enhanced endpoint security and DLP solutions to be a mandatory deployment”


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“The distributed workforce operating from less secure environments has necessitated enhanced endpoint security and DLP solutions to be a mandatory deployment”

Sreekumar Balachandran
Global IT Head - SunTec Group

 

Key priorities for 2021
The current developments have forced the digital transformation roadmap of most of the organisations to be advanced by atleast one to two years. The DX initiatives planned for a year ahead had to be hastened in terms of design, prototyping, deployment and pushed to production.

 

The huge opportunities that have now opened up from a business perspective, are complex and continuously mutating, that calls for quick and agile responses in terms of execution and implementation. Smarter ways of working have become the need of the hour and that’s the mandate from business to the CIOs. Technology will just be an enabler for DX, but a strategic holistic leadership vision that encompasses all aspects from a cultural change to providing a fully digitised ecosystem will be an expected mandate.

 

Adopting Work-From Anywhere
Remote working has become a norm, rather than a wish list or a priority. Organisations which had already embraced flexible, adaptable and dynamic work culture, had to just take care of the systematic aspects of implementing systems and processes to enable remote working. But those organisations which were alien to this mode of working, also had to cope up with the changed cultural environment and had to devise and take up a whole lot of employee engagement initiatives.

 

From a systems perspective, providing necessary endpoint systems, strengthening DLP and EndPoint Protection, remote connectivity solutions, virtual desktops became just the base requirements. Enhancing secured connectivity solutions from home like 4G MPLS, MDM solutions, Productivity monitoring tools, thin endpoints like Chromebooks, provided an enhanced UX and greater manageability.

 

Redesigning IT & Security strategy
In the changed landscape, Zero day vulnerability has become more than just an academic concern. The distributed workforce operating from less secure environments has necessitated enhanced endpoint security and DLP solutions to be a mandatory deployment.

 

With stringent regulations for corporate and personal data like the GDPR etc., protecting the enterprise and personal data has gained attention as one of the top priorities. With increased social exposure, the cultural dimension in terms of providing increased awareness to the employees has become as important as the security systems deployments. The workforce vulnerability has prompted a broad spectrum of mischievous elements to lure unsuspecting individuals through a horde of Spam and Phishing emails. Prompting users to regularly check their exposed personal digital footprint is as important as the enhanced monitoring and controls deployed for enterprise security.

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