October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a good time to batten down your online accounts. The annual campaign aims to raise awareness about cyber security best practices and stress the collective effort needed to prevent cyber intrusions and scams.
This topic is important, because this year, life happens online.
The internet really came through this year. With the help of our devices, the internet let us spend time with our friends and families, share special moments and make our lives feel as normal as possible — even when they weren’t. By protecting our devices, accounts and connections, we can make sure we never miss a moment of our online lives.
In a business world Gartner predicts that 81% of enterprises will adopt a multi-cloud environment to increase business resiliency. At the same time, hybrid work is now the norm and while this is good news for employees who have grown accustomed to working on their own terms, this puts a bigger strain on IT and security teams especially with the intensifying threat landscape. Bad actors are becoming more sophisticated and it’s becoming harder for employees to discern valid communications from credential stealing attacks. And, with no network perimeter, enterprise IT teams need to take steps to secure this new reality.
While this may seem easier said than done, there are three key areas organizations should consider in service of simplification and, ultimately, a stronger security posture.
- Identity orchestration – Managing identities can be complex in an increasingly dynamic business environment, especially those that are hybrid or multi-cloud environments. IT teams are on point to help scale and respond when those dynamics change. Identity orchestration simplifies authentication, authorization and risk policy decisions for all user types.
- Role-based access control – Role-based access control restricts the levels of network access a person has based on their role within an organization. As a result, IT teams no longer have to spend time provisioning and managing users individually, saving valuable time from these important company resources.
- Consider leveraging an MSP – Managed Service Providers, or MSPs, are a great resource when you have a lean IT team. These third-party companies can help deploy and manage cloud apps as a managed service so you have the peace of mind knowing they are being properly managed so you can focus your team on other critical priorities.
All three of these actions can help you attain a Zero Trust approach to security, with identity at its core providing least privileged access.
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