The important challenges of network security in 2022

Hybrid working is here to stay, which means the focus will now be on improving and securing the remote working experience. Even though an enterprise metaverse is still years away from materializing, companies will continue to invest in better collaboration tools, more efficient access to enterprise applications and technologies that protect data and ensure reliability of the network.

1. Zero trust approach to being the pinnacle of enterprise security

We’ve heard from many of our customers’ security and network managers that they’re concerned their businesses may be more exposed to security threats due to the rapid adoption of remote working during the pandemic. To protect the digital experience of employees working from anywhere, we’re likely to see greater adoption of a “zero trust” approach to hardening enterprise security. Employees will have similar access, credentials and authentication measures regardless of location. No matter where a worker is based, the experience of logging into company systems will be the same and should be frictionless. On the supply side, more companies will start launching security audits of their suppliers and partners – similar to credit checks when someone applies for a mortgage – to prove they are following security best practices.

The hybrid working approach will continue to challenge IT departments from a networking perspective. Enterprise networks must provide secure, reliable, and resilient access from anywhere, anytime. Securing connectivity between headquarters, data centers, branch offices and remote workers is essential to ensure the 24/7 environment of operational excellence that employees need, in a world where they work anywhere and anytime.

2. 2022 will be centered on the convergence of network stack technologies

Internet connections will continue to replace private data networks, leading to increased employee productivity and improved customer satisfaction. Enterprise networks need to be agile and take a more converged approach across the network stack to meet this requirement. The philosophy will not be to have many different technologies to cover the entire network stack, but rather to design an integrated solution from a performance, security and functionality perspective that best meets the goals and objectives. of the company. It will not be a question of “best of breed” but of “best for the company”; fewer individual products and more solutions that directly address business challenges.

3. Growing Compliance Needs Will Drive More Network Security Challenges

Data privacy and security requirements will continue to increase as the cyber threat landscape expands. For example, the threat of a cyberattack is putting pressure on U.S. healthcare providers to improve their stances on patient data privacy, security, and compliance under the HIPAA framework and other data privacy regulations.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) engagement requirements will continue to grow in importance. The recent COP 21 or Paris Climate Conference resulted in a new international climate agreement, applicable to all countries, aimed at keeping global warming between 1.5°C and 2°C. In order to achieve this goal, governments will start requiring companies to reduce their carbon emissions throughout their supply chains.

To comply with these new environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives, companies will need to track, monitor and measure their data like never before. Today, business data is available on every device and at every step of the journey, from physical to digital. The insights generated by this data can help businesses comply with new industry and national regulations. ESG mandates. New compliance requirements will bring additional network security challenges to an ever-expanding digital perimeter and businesses will need to protect valuable data, employees and the corporate network from malicious actors. Companies will need to rely on the expertise of managed service providers to design solutions for an increasingly complex hybrid workplace as workers and data move away from the core and closer to the edge.

For businesses undergoing digital transformation, the role of the corporate network cannot be understated. The ability to reliably and securely connect people with people, systems with data, and the Internet with everything enables the shift to digital tools and automated processes and is essential for smooth and efficient business operations.