Virtual collaboration will expose enterprises to increased data security violations and compliance breaches.

Last year has impacted virtually all sectors of life, with the office becoming a major casualty of social distance procedures to stop the spread of COVID-19. As millions of workers abruptly transitioned from in-office work environments to “work from anywhere” situations, technology has been tested in new ways.

Unified video, voice, and chat collaboration tools came to the rescue this year to enable productive information sharing and communication. It is no surprise that in the first half of 2020 alone, Cisco Webex reported a 600 percent increase in use, Zoom a 350 percent increase in their business overall, Microsoft Teams a 300 percent increase in use, and Slack a 200 percent increase. Although it is clear that use of these tools will persist as a proven, more effective and efficient way to work, what is unknown is the impact on information security and regulatory compliance. That should be a top concern for companies everywhere as we enter a new year.

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Devin Redmond

Author Devin Redmond

Devin has more than 2 decades of experience in enterprise risk and compliance. The former CEO and Co-Founder of Nexgate, a pioneer in social and digital media compliance and security acquired by Proofpoint (PFPT) in 2014, he also held executive and leadership roles at Check Point, Neoteris, Websense, and more. In addition to living in 7 countries and speaking 3 languages, Devin is a frequent public speaker that is passionate about modern digital risk and compliance technology that helps businesses gain a competitive advantage.

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