Your business information, computers, and networks will never stay “protected” from cyber-attacks if you stick to the same old security methods forever.

Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated every year, which means the way you secure your business should as well.

Traditional thinking includes securing the primary network where your business data is located. However, as COVID pushed workers outside of the office and into homes and other remote locations, new “thinking outside the box” emerged very quickly. Questions started being asked on how to secure data differently between employees in the office and employees outside the office. But were the wrong questions being asked? What if, instead of asking how can we better secure our employees when outside the network, we ask how can we ensure our employees and their data are secure no matter where they choose to work from?

Traditional thinking includes securing the primary network where your business data is located. However, as COVID pushed workers outside of the office and into homes and other remote locations, new “thinking outside the box” emerged very quickly. Questions started being asked on how to secure data differently between employees in the office and employees outside the office. But were the wrong questions being asked? What if, instead of asking how can we better secure our employees when outside the network, we ask how can we ensure our employees and their data are secure no matter where they choose to work from?

A New Observation

Before COVID, there were many business owners with the sentiment that none of their employees needed to work from home. Once employees started working from home, and there were oddly unexpected efficiency gains and even money to the bottom line with lower travel expenses, the mindset of now allowing remote employees started to shift. I think it is a safe assumption to say that not all remote employees will return to the office even after COVID completely normalizes.

RECOGNIZING Boundaries Are Changing

Whether you want it or not, the technology industry is moving your data from on-premise to the cloud. This means that as your data shifts from your main office to the cloud, new methods of securing it must be introduced. You may have needed a “smart” firewall to monitor internet traffic and some anti-virus to protect workstations for on-premise. Once your data is moved to the cloud, a whole new world of possibilities and challenges opens. Your security has changed from locking down your data as tight as possible to allowing more flexible access but monitoring who is accessing it, when, and from where.

REMOVING Boundaries From Our Thinking

As our data becomes more mobile and accessible, the tight security box that once imprisoned our data to the main office is forced away. We can now easily access data from potentially any location we want. So, as we review our security policies, we must not keep the old mindset of “how can I lock down this box as tight as possible?” We must now think about how we can altogether remove the boundaries of the office while adequately securing access to some of our business’s most important assets.

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