As you may already know, September 15 was IT Pro Day. As the website details, it is a day to recognize and celebrate “the increasingly enormous range of technologies and rapid pace of change IT pros must manage.”
This year, the immeasurable impact and value IT pros provide every day, across virtually every industry, took center stage as much of the world’s population was forced to head home to work, learn, and live. The ability to connect and communicate virtually, as well as access and share data became not only business-critical, but also crucial for education and day-to-day living.
Unfortunately, during this pandemic era it also became abundantly clear that while working and learning from home offers health and safety benefits, when it comes to data safety, it’s a much different story. While some IT pros pursued (or got stuck with) conventional approaches like virtual private networks (VPNs), others chose more up-to-date technology like software-defined perimeter (SDP) solutions. These savvy folks knew that SDP is able to make VPN issues – such as inadvertently opening the whole network to hackers who can now move laterally across the entirety of connected systems to steal and corrupt data – disappear.
So, my advice? On September 15, as well as all year round, take time out of your busy day to thank your local IT pro. It is likely whether you know it or not, that among the plethora of initiatives they executed to ensure your working and/or learning success, they also made sure that when they opened the door for you to access internal networks, they also slammed the door on cybercriminals.