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What is your Security Plan? (Part 1 of 4)

What is your Security Plan? (Part 1 of 4)

Have you taken a step back to look at what you and your organization are doing to address IT security today?  This four-part series will highlight the a few major areas that need to be assessed when reviewing your security plan.

Years ago, when looking at IT security, the scope normally would have been limited to where a company had physical office locations as that is where all the IT infrastructure was located.  Most companies today no longer fit this mold which means that when looking at your Security Plan you must take a hard look at where your data and end users reside.  The times have changed to say the least, in a very substantial way.

There are two major aspects that have changed the IT landscape significantly over the last 10-15 years.  The first is the rise the number of remote workers.  According to globalworkplaceanalytics.com “regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 115% since 2005, nearly 10x faster than the rest of the workforce”. The second major shift has been the explosion of the cloud.  A recent survey by RightScale revealed that the average organization is using 5 clouds.  Examples of the clouds that organizations are using include hyper-scaler cloud providers like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google GCP (Google Cloud Platform) as well as the SaaS (Software as A Service) providers like Box and Salesforce.

Why have these changes had such a drastic impact on how you must approach your IT Security Plan?  You can no longer walk down the hall to access the server room where you would have installed one device to solve a security gap in the past, as you