Change of the decade

In this new era of work, a company’s most valuable assets are its intellectual property and proprietary data. We transmit this data every day throughout the course of business with systems becoming more interconnected, and workforce habits increasingly decentralizing.Unfortunately, this also means that cyber threats are on the rise as bad actors become more sophisticated in capitalizing on security weaknesses. A recent report projected that by 2021, the global economy will lose out on $6 trillion a year, in order to mitigate the damage inflicted by cybercrime. The first step towards finding a solution is to move away from viewing data protection as a perimeter issue, but rather look at how we protect the value of data as an asset that exists outside of the company’s firewalls. Organizations must ensure an increased security threshold when it comes working remotely. Secure communication is already undergoing a dramatic change as you read this. Traditional communication vendors are currently under scrutiny for not delivering the security needed by large enterprises and government organizations because they suffer from “man-in-the-middle vulnerability”, meaning that they technically can read all content shared and listen in on all calls. The landscape is changing dramatically and now more than ever, we are steadfast that the Future of Work belongs to tools that have eliminated this vulnerability by delivering both mobility and security. Future of work 2.0 Just ten years ago, the workplace was very different from what it is today. Back in 2010, email was the primary form of communication, both internally and externally. Employees sent numerous emails daily, clogging up bandwidth and keeping IT teams constantly on their toes due to the threat of breach and cybercrime, two areas where email was (and still is) the perfect conduit. The digitization of work is beneficial in that it facilitates work and increases productivity, however, the security component cannot be overlooked or underestimated. The new way of working brought about by COVID-19 is not a temporary trend, it was only accelerated, giving rise to what we at Wire™ call “The Future of Work 2.0” — that is, the next frontier of remote working. Work as we knew prior to the pandemic is over and so are our old security standards. Business leaders must consider the long-term communication tools they want to put in place to support their employees’ digital communications as well as protecting the organization’s digital assets. Collaboration platforms that are built with a solid security infrastructure from the outset are not only better prepared from the beginning, they are also more capable of evolving and adapting to new security challenges.