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6 Ways to future-proof your workspace

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Building up smart defence against smart attacks in the workspaces for tomorrow

Tony Walt

Tony Walt | Group Executive | End-user Computing

Dimension Data recently commissioned Frost and Sullivan to produce a white paper called Securing Workspaces for Tomorrow, that examines the need for organisations to transform in order to allow employees to work in more mobile workspaces. However, most workspaces are not ready for the cyber threats of tomorrow.

The insights below are extracted from the white paper:

Cybersecurity enables and accelerates workspace transformation.  It assures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data in an enterprise or at the edge where employees want to work on the devices they choose.

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In the new digital workspace, companies need to future-proof cybersecurity mechanisms. Here are some next-generation controls and practices to consider:

  1. Context-aware security analytics

This solution quickly detects advanced attacks such as volumetric DDoS, zero-day malware, and insider threats. It accelerates incident response, improves forensic investigations and reduces enterprise risk. Intelligent sensors on network routers enable constant monitoring, without compromising system performance, enabling visibility of incoming threats.

  1. Harnessing the power of cloud

Cloud-delivered network security protects any device connected to the network. Predictive cybersecurity intelligence with live graphs of global DNS requests and relevant information safeguard the enterprise from attackers and help predict attacks.  Protection should also cover an off-VPN environment to block malware or phishing, ensuring every Internet activity that bypasses the enterprise parameter is monitored.

  1. BYOD policy

A BYOD policy enables secure mobility and separation between work and personal data and applications. Security features like password locks, identification, and authorisation must be activated on devices. BYOD security tools employing different levels of data-centric encryption and information protection should be placed according to the employee hierarchy.

  1. Signature-less detection

Cyber attackers are continuously finding ways to circumvent existing security. Latest threats are yet to be analysed, making signature-based solutions ineffective. Advanced malware protection tools need to be deployed at the network and endpoints, relying on signature-less detection techniques such as via virtual code emulation and behavioural analysis.

  1. Securing the cloud

To fully embrace cloud applications, there is a need to integrate cloud security protection tools. Security services such as Cloud DLP protect sensitive data in public cloud applications. When used in combination with cloud-based web security, users gain additional protection from malicious websites, and access authentication and encryption features when accessing cloud-based services.

  1. Training and awareness

Organisations must address human vulnerabilities to ensure their IP security. Employees must be aware of the importance of data security and their role and responsibilities. The creation of Cybersecurity Committees makes security relevant to everyone. Practices must be adaptable to people of different ages and roles. Policies, guidelines and security awareness training are vital for secure future workspaces.

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