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4/1/2021
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7 Security Strategies as Employees Return to the Office

More sooner than later, employees will be making their way back to the office. Here's how security pros can plan for the next new normal.
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Consider Segmentation Technologies
The industry has to come to grips with the reality that it will sometimes fail, says Andrew Rubin, co-founder and CEO of Illumio Just look at the past several months, with major hacks around SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange. 
'Each successive incident is worse than the next,' Rubin says. 'We can't think that we can stop it and create a situation where systems will stay secure 100% of the time. We will fail.'
Especially as employees head back to the office, security pros should look for solutions that segment workloads and endpoints so if and when a server get compromised, the team can isolate it so it doesn't infect the rest of the systems on the network, he adds. Security teams can limit spread by setting rules and policies for  what systems can talk to one another. For example, Rubin says development systems don't ever have to communicate with production systems. 
'The idea is to make it as hard as possible for the attacker to penetrate the network,' he says. 'We can't shrink what's become an enlarged attack surface as a result of the pandemic, but we can make it more difficult for hackers to maneuver so when a breach does take place, we can limit the damage. I view segmentation as just as important as identity and access management in moving down the path of zero trust.'
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Consider Segmentation Technologies

The industry has to come to grips with the reality that it will sometimes fail, says Andrew Rubin, co-founder and CEO of Illumio Just look at the past several months, with major hacks around SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.

"Each successive incident is worse than the next," Rubin says. "We can't think that we can stop it and create a situation where systems will stay secure 100% of the time. We will fail."

Especially as employees head back to the office, security pros should look for solutions that segment workloads and endpoints so if and when a server get compromised, the team can isolate it so it doesn't infect the rest of the systems on the network, he adds. Security teams can limit spread by setting rules and policies for what systems can talk to one another. For example, Rubin says development systems don't ever have to communicate with production systems.

"The idea is to make it as hard as possible for the attacker to penetrate the network," he says. "We can't shrink what's become an enlarged attack surface as a result of the pandemic, but we can make it more difficult for hackers to maneuver so when a breach does take place, we can limit the damage. I view segmentation as just as important as identity and access management in moving down the path of zero trust."

Image Source: Adobe Stock: wor_woot

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