Technology Record - Issue 32: Spring 2024

Hybrid and remote work policies mean that employees are accessing and sharing company data from multiple locations and devices. From creating spreadsheets on a desktop computer in the office, joining a meeting on a laptop from home or answering emails via a phone on the go, modern work habits contribute to an increased attack surface for potential cyber threats. This multiplies the opportunities for unauthorised access to sensitive information. Political unrest is exacerbating the challenge. “Threats to digital peace have reduced trust in technology and highlighted the urgent need for improved cyber defences at all levels,” says Tom Burt, corporate vice president of customer security and trust at Microsoft, in the Microsoft Digital Defense Report 2023. The report states that the vast majority of successful cyberattacks could be thwarted by implementing a few fundamental security hygiene practices. By adhering to minimum-security standards, it is possible to protect against over 99 per cent of attacks. Organisations are increasingly applying zerotrust principles to all network access, ensuring that every request is fully authenticated, authorised and encrypted, regardless of where it originates or which device is being used. Modern enterprises turn to zero-trust philosophies to protect their networks BY ALICE CHAMBERS COVER STORY Securing thehybrid enterprise 46