As the pandemic forced everyone indoors, businesses have had to renovate by deploying new IT solutions that foster remote working. With new tools and ways of working, nevertheless, came a range of new cybersecurity threats.
According to a new report from security firm Tanium, this is based on a poll of 500 senior-level IT decision-makers, which states that new investment priorities have resulted in an acceleration in cloud adoption. As a result of this increased IT complexity, new security and operational challenges have emerged.
Almost three-quarters (73 percent) of the respondents said they now have new IT security challenges, with just above half (52 percent) describing them as “more complex” compared to the pre-Covid-19 era. Operations teams are also feeling the new normal pressure, with more than two-thirds (69 percent) saying they are now met with new operational challenges. For more than half (56 percent), these challenges have grown more complex.
One of the main challenges revolves around security. Many enterprises were overly confident in their security posture before Covid-19. Still, this problem was only exacerbated by changing employee behavior with the transition to remote working.
To tackle the issue, many businesses are considering a zero-trust approach. Compared to their pre-Covid-19 plans, almost four in ten (38 percent) have accelerated investments in zero-trust architecture-supported technology. Most companies also doubled down on identity and access management investments and secure, adaptive access.
With visibility and management across a distributed workforce growing in importance, investment in device management, software management and compliance management software and service grew.