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21/07/2017
OCSL Editor

Enterprise security and mobility. As we heard in the keynote at Microsoft Inspire 2017, in an increasingly mobile-first, cloud-first world, the more boundaries are stretched, the greater the security challenge becomes.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft Inspire Keynote Speech 2017
 

Anytime you talk about empowerment, about taking out friction in how people work, you also have to face up to the fact that you have a bigger surface area of security that you now need to take care of.  

So, it's no longer about just one endpoint being protected, you need the sophistication in terms of the security infrastructure you build…so that an intrusion in one place doesn't propagate to the rest of your estate. The operational security insight that you have to be able to detect and respond to any attacks, that's the modern workplace.”

Here we round-up OCSL’s own experts’ thoughts on security challenges in the modern workplace.

Security in the Public Cloud

Mark Skelton, OCSL’s Head of Consultancy argues, “Security Challenges are a challenge when moving to any Public Cloud.  It's hard to know what exactly will happen when you drop something like Azure into your own environment. What will happen when you start connecting VPNs up to your existing production data set? With the arrival on Azure Stack security will  be massively improved. Encryption technologies will use bit locker technology to apply to both On Premises solutions and in the Public Cloud. And you’ll be able to maintain your keys On Prem.” 

Read his full post: Why Azure Stack will be a game-changer for Hybrid IT

Security in the Public Sector

One of the key themes from Satya Nadella’s keynote at Inspire was making “the Public Sector more efficient in every country.” As Mark Hibberd reflects in his recent 2-part security series on Cyber Attacks in the Public Sector, for many NHS organisations in the UK, keeping workloads safe in their own data centres, and in the Cloud, is becoming an increasingly difficult task. 

The WannaCry attack cost NHS Digital and NHS England £180,000 alone and does not reflect the any expenditure incurred by individual local NHS trusts or other NHS organisations.  The Heath Service Journal reported in July that the ransomware attack has led to the cancellation of at least 14,778 patient appointments and 850 operations across the NHS, highlighting the need for protection.

OCSL has been working closely with Microsoft & Intel to conduct a Healthcare Security Readiness Programme. The programme revealed 82% of respondents listed Cybercrime hacking as a high priority, followed by Ransomware (75%) and Insider Accidents or Workarounds (63%) as medium/high priorities.  The Programme is designed to help Trusts understand where they stand in terms of maturity, priorities and breach-security capabilities. 

Read his full posts here and here

Enterprise Security and Mobility in a modern world

Earlier in the year, OCSL’s Technology Director, reflected that the “biggest security risk can be damage to a brand or an organisation’s reputation. It’s not just the systems or the perimeter that we need to think about. We need to take into account the people, the process and factor in social media.   Millennials have pushed the boundaries of what businesses are traditionally comfortable with. Whether you’re are a bank, a non-profit, a government agency or a retail store, you can't ignore the need for different, more agile ways of working and increased expectation.”

Read his full post: Tackling security in a modern world

If you have questions about enterprise security and mobility in the modern workplace we’d be happy to put you in touch with one of our experts.

Or, if you’re considering a Security Assessment, our Healthcare Security Readiness Workshop or would like to know more about security in Azure/Azure Fast Start, please get in touch.

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