For most of 2020, COVID-19 caused millions of employees across the workforce to abandon their office and work from home. As a result, employers have had to rapidly adapt their environments to accommodate remote work — including allowing for a host of new software tools. In that sense, the first-order effects of WFH are clear: Embracing the new-for-some types of applications employees use to communicate, collaborate and operate (ie. popular tools such as Zoom, Slack, Google Drive, Hopin, Figma and Loom). But the second-order effect of working from home is that these major behavioral shifts and widespread use of new tools present hidden challenges — particularly around security and handling sensitive data. Although it remains unclear when and how we will reemerge from pandemic-related precautions, it is obvious that remote work is here to stay. This means that this novel and growing attack surface demands more attention — and a new approach when it comes to security.
We’ve already started seeing promising developments in the space as well as a
few pockets where we’re predicting continued innovation. Here’s an overview.