As enterprise systems expand and businesses enable their employees to work in new ways, whether that be remotely or from smart devices in the office, new security risks are created.
An analysis conducted by MarketWatch places the risk in its millions: put simply, every single extra employee placed at the other end of a cloud-based networking system is a threat to the integrity of enterprise systems.
Increasingly, the burden to meet this challenge is falling on managed systems, an area in which they are starting to build some expertise.
Why managed systems work
By having a third-party manager for enterprise IT systems, an instant barrier is placed between the outside world and the day-to-day running of the company. Industry experts CoreTech note that this integrated method of managing IT systems enables full-scale protection by centralizing control over individual IT factors such as cloud, services and communications, placing security at the forefront.
This is a trend that is being pioneered by the biggest of tech companies. Facebook, Twitter and Square have promoted the use of third-party systems’ management tech, according to Forbes, in order to enable their workforce to stay safe and to improve flexibility away from their campuses.
There is an argument that some managed systems don’t have the intrinsic level of cybersecurity expertise to service the new working normal; however, new tech developments are helping to bridge that gap too.
The cybersecurity push
Many businesses were concerned at the news of Russia’s SolarWinds hack, which made simple use of ever-increasing numbers of connections across the USA to infiltrate several key networks. As a result, Reuters report that the new US administration has prioritized cybersecurity and has promoted a new team that will seek to improve cybersecurity levels across the country. With this comes a big budget, and this is where enterprise should be interested.
A lot of the problem caused by new cybersecurity capability comes through simple demand – the sheer number of people online every day creates countless new holes to exploit. Combating this, a process known as resilience, will require high-level new infrastructure and architecture which managed systems professionals will be well-primed to exploit.
Technology arms race
These new cybersecurity risks are not fleeting. According to TechTarget mag, they will remain persistent, and this calls for a new approach from enterprise security experts.
Market analysis is promising: 90% of businesses are already taking cybersecurity more seriously, and 35% have already made major changes. This means more money being pushed into innovation, and therefore new weapons in the fight against cyber threats. Throughout 2021, managed systems and other third parties that enable digital business communications will continue to push money into research and development on new measures.
Ultimately, this should help to build resilience across the entire digital IT sector. The new working normal is becoming an accepted reality, and the productivity it brings can only be safely enabled through proper cybersecurity measures. As a result, expect to see businesses look to third-parties and system management firms with the best quality of security tech.