Uprise CTO Brian Gagnon held a live webinar to discuss the top IT threats and opportunities in 2021 for business leaders. He discussed top information technology trends affecting business performance and critical steps you can take to ensure business continuity and productivity.
2020 was a big wake-up call for most businesses. It's time to set ourselves up for long-term resilience after experiencing these main trends over the last year.
Before COVID, 87% of businesses know they would be digitally disrupted, but only 44% felt their company was transforming quickly enough. Now, most CEOs (77%!) have rapidly accelerated their digital transformation efforts.
Any business that had to go from working in-office to remote felt this strain. Unless you started your business in the last few years, you likely had an architecture that didn't support a remote workforce from a performance and security standpoint.
Mostly Remote Workforce
66% of the workforce is now remote. Up from 12% pre-COVID. We've seen many big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon say they want to maintain a strong work-from-home policy.
However, many employees want to go to the office because they miss in-person collaboration, and we all are suffering from Zoom fatigue. It's most likely that we'll see a hybrid approach in the future that requires flexibility.
Increased Security Threats
Before COVID, threats existed within the corporate firewalls, devices, software controls, and IT infrastructure.
Since we have many people working from home, we have increased reliance on home networking, work anywhere on any device, shadow IT, and businesses new to dispersed IT. This leads to a lack of security and control.
47% of SMBs don't understand how to protect their organizations' IT, while security threats increase.
The bottom line is, we need to expect change.
If you want to see the entire webinar, you can view the recording here.
Zero-trust is all the rage these days – and with good reason. And no, I’m not talking about the zero-trust you have for the telemarketer calling with that extended car warrantee that you absolutely must have. I’m talking about zero-trust in terms of cybersecurity. It’s a shift in security philosophy that requires more in-depth tactics to prevent a security breach.
Everyone started working remotely in 2020, including the Uprise team, and it became immediately clear that this new style of working came with a new set of challenges. Two main concerns emerged: how best to deal with increased cybersecurity risks and how best to motivate a remote team.