Hybrid work is likely to be the new norm in a post-pandemic world and it offers many benefits.
However, securing a hybrid work environment will pose a new challenge for security and IT teams. Why? A hybrid model — where workers toggle between in-office and remote work environments — means fluctuating types of assets touching the network, some managed by the business and others that are not.
Security teams will need to devise new processes, policies, and controls around assets — irrespective of asset type and location, and over any type of connection — to allow for secure but easy access.
Hybrid Work and Cybersecurity Asset Management
Today, properly securing assets requires organizations to understand the identity and security state of all deployed assets — hardware, software, and users. That's because, with network perimeter becoming a thing of the past, many argue that “identity” is the new perimeter.
Identity is a unique set of attributes for each asset. When identity is broadened to include all assets, it helps companies better understand and control cybersecurity risks.
But hybrid work environments further complicate asset discovery, classification, and management. Why? Increased numbers and types of assets connecting into corporate resources — meaning a greater number of devices the business must support from a security standpoint.
What security teams need is a strategy for how to handle onboarding and access to these assets. And it all starts with visibility.
But securing a hybrid work environment requires advanced solutions that don't stop at real-time asset inventory.
The good news? Automated cybersecurity asset management with policy enforcement can help.
In our white paper “Take Back Control of Your Hybrid Work Environment”, written in partnership with TAG Cyber, we explore how modern cybersecurity asset management platforms can help drive secure hybrid work environments.
We also take a deep dive into why organizations need a comprehensive asset management program and related technology that includes:
- Comprehensive and accurate asset inventory and management
- Application of consistent security policy enforcement across device types (managed or unmanaged)
- Secure access management
An effective cybersecurity asset management solution enables businesses to identify all assets (every device type, user, application, host, server, and more) in real-time, regardless of their state, ownership, and location. It also helps IT and security teams understand the security configuration of each deployed asset and close security gaps with automated actions.
Modern cybersecurity asset management platforms enable users to enforce policies and manage security solution coverage from a single solution. Plus, they provide context and enrichment from third party data sources.
Evaluating a cybersecurity asset management platform? Download our white paper to learn:
- Questions that will help determine which type of platform your organization needs
- The impact hybrid workplaces have on IT and security teams
- Top security lessons learned from the overnight shift to work-from-home
- Why continuous visibility of corporate IT assets and user accounts is essential to managing security risk post-pandemic — and beyond
Start exploring how cybersecurity asset management can help improve the security of hybrid work environments. Get the white paper now.