Securing the Hybrid Workforce

The rapid transition to remote work is more than a temporary change. As organizations look to cut costs and reduce employee turnover, maintaining a hybrid workforce — a workforce that includes on-site and remote workers — is top of mind. While this new work model comes with benefits, it also presents cybersecurity challenges.

Understaffed security teams are grappling with increased hours and workloads as they deal with proliferating threats. Cybercriminals are exploiting shifts in the way we live and work, and 42% of organizations report that they simply do not know how to defend against cyberattacks aimed at remote workers.*

Here are three measures to help ensure the security of your hybrid workforce.

(*Source: Ponemon Institute "Cybersecurity in the Remote Work Era: A Global Risk Report" October 2020)

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Identity and Access Management

Modernize Network Access with Zero Trust

The flexibility to work from anywhere expands attack surfaces. Traditional, outward-looking approaches to security that assume everything behind the firewall is safe are not effective in a hybrid workforce environment where large percentages of employees work from home, and corporate assets reside in multi-cloud environments.

60% of IT buyers accelerated the implementation of Zero Trust policies and technology over the past seven months.
— EMA Research*

The idea of a single, defensible boundary between internal assets and the outside world is outdated. Incorporating zero-trust principles into your Identity & Access Management (IAM) strategy helps solve this challenge, enabling you to dynamically authenticate users across distributed environments, and ensure they meet security policies at the point of access each time they log in.

Event Free Webinar: Modernize Secure Access with Zero Trust

Keep your remote users secure with SHI’s five-step program for getting your Zero Trust model up and running.

(*Source: EMA "Enterprise zero-trust networking strategies: Secure remote access and network association" August 2020)

Secure your hybrid worker’s credentials and devices through SHI’s Identity and Access Management Program:

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Security Operations

Get Tool Sprawl Under Control

Defending against threats such as phishing, malware and ransomware have become more challenging as businesses adapt to hybrid work arrangements.

Three-quarters of security operations center (SOC) personnel report the additional pressures of remote work have led them to experience burnout.
— Ponemon Institute Second Annual Study on the Economics of Security Operations Centers*

As organizations have an average of 45-tools in their cybersecurity stack — SHI’s Security Operations helps you contain vendor sprawl and streamline your security tools. Whether it’s identifying opportunities for consolidation, helping security teams decrease operational hardship, and establishing a solid foundation of tightly integrated controls for more effective threat detection and response across your hybrid workforce.

Event Free Webinar: Improving Threat Detection and Incident Response with XDR

Learn how XDR can give you a broader view of activity across security controls, and more automated response actions to help understaffed security teams address today’s sophisticated attacks.

(*Source: Ponemon Institute and FireEye “Second Annual Study on the Economics of Security Operations Centers: What is the True Cost for Effective Results?” January 2021)

Streamline your security operations and rationalize your security tools with SHI’s security assessment portfolio:

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Security Program Strategy

Address the Human Factor in Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals and nation-state hackers are preying on remote workers, and no one is immune to security slip-ups. While organizations have been engaging in security awareness activities for years, escalating threats and data privacy concerns require us to advance our efforts.

67% of data breaches are caused by attacks targeting people — including credential theft and phishing — and 22% involve human error.
— Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigation*

Empowering employees to take an active role in cybersecurity has never been more important. SHI will take the necessary steps with your organization to ensure your hybrid workforce understands how to properly use corporate IT systems — providing real-world knowledge for workers to utilize in their professional and personal lives.

Event Free Webinar: How to Eliminate Security Tool Sprawl

Identify opportunities for consolidation so you can decrease operational hardship and establish a solid foundation of tightly integrated tools for stronger cyber defense.

(*Source: Verizon "2020 Data Breach Investigations Report" May 2020)

Gain insights from SHI’s insiders on how to build an overall effective security program and support a resilient hybrid workforce:

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