In March 2020, the pandemic hit hard, necessitating a rapid shift in business operations to maintain employee safety. As organizations transitioned their employees to remote work, security teams scrambled to address the broadened threat landscape. After a year of work-from-home as the "new normal," we're starting to see yet another shift in work culture. As organizations dial in safety standards, the COVID vaccine becomes more readily available and government restrictions begin to relax, in-person business operations are making a return. While many workers will remain full-time remote employees, some will come back to the office full-time, and some will adopt a hybrid work routine. Security teams should be aware that these changes are not a return "back to normal," and will require yet another paradigm shift to maintain security. Please see the linked article for seven fantastic tips to stay ahead of the curve.
The pandemic accelerated digital transformation, which expanded the threat landscape as entire office buildings of people moved home to work. Now, as offices reopen, security will remain just as challenging as workers split their time between the office and home and resume business travel.