Flawed thinking and expensive mistakes in Work-From-Home strategies
Working with a wide range of South Africa’s largest companies provides Accelerate unique insights into the multiple strategies being employed in work-from-home. We all concede that the post COVID-19 world has changed business forever, and with this, our strategic thinking around how we secure our now remote users needs to be modernized.
While all strategies will work at some level, some strategies will simply work better than others in terms of efficiency, security, flexibility, user-experience, control and cost.
It’s generally accepted that most enterprise organisations are considering leaving a portion of their workforce at home, in some cases thousands of staff. We share our view on some of the positives and negatives of extending your business network to home users.
Extending the company network for WFH (Diagram 1.1)
Its logical to consider extending the trusted network to the home user. Security and some applications still sit in the company DC so routing the user through the DC seems to be the easiest solution. Here are the top challenges created in this design:
Lessons learned from Zero Trust and Gartner SASE (Diagram 1.2)
Gartner SASE highlights something very important. Security and application access need to shift from the network to the end-point, and security needs to be delivered with a Cloud-native approach. Extending the company network is going in the wrong direction especially in a Cloud first world.
What Gartner SASE advocates:
In our experience the cost difference between rolling out appliances to our users homes vs embracing the cloud is considerable, resulting in no less than a 50% differential when comparing to extending the corporate network. But equally if not more important is that companies have more control, less complexity and a better user performance with Cloud-native and zero trust application access.
Chat to us to understand why major financial institutions and organisations around the world are opting for a zero trust and cloud native approach to work-from-home.
Author: Stuart Hardy, firstname.lastname@example.org
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