Over the past year, we’ve learned a great deal about how adaptive our entire workforce could actually become. Back when we all packed up our work necessities and headed home, many organizations were asking themselves the same question: “How will we keep our workforce productive while also protecting the resources needed to maintain company growth?”
Early on in the pandemic, communication tools once leveraged by individual teams (Zoom, Slack, WebEx) became the mainstays of office connectivity and coordination. Although secure, business applications needed to deepen their integration with security providers to help further protect access to resources, and to help enterprises best secure their entire workforce in a time when many employees no longer fell under the protection of the corporate network. Companies increased investments in IT and information security while looking forward to returning to “normal.”
Now that we’re deep into this significant transition, it’s increasingly unlikely that enterprises will return to their pre-pandemic structure. Fortunately, employees have demonstrated tremendous resilience working from home to maintain business continuity. Although many people find themselves longing for the day they can once again be face to face with coworkers, the adjustment has given more time for work-life balance and shown how productive a workforce can be when operating outside of the traditional office environment. Business leaders are facing the likelihood of a distributed, work-from-anywhere workforce—and they need to determine how to best embrace this new framework.
As we approach what (we hope) is the waning period of the global pandemic, we must assess the impact of what we have learned about how to effectively and securely run our organizations. As we put those learnings into practice in the coming months and years, identity security promises to play a large role.