2020 was a very disruptive year. We saw a massive workforce shift to work-from-home/remote work. This shift moved most employees outside the protective firewalled security of their corporate networks. Those organizations that were actively pursuing digital transformation simply accelerated their plans. Those who had not, either started or simply put their heads in the sand.
The channel has always been strong at innovating with technology to help their customers address their most pressing business challenges. What’s changed in the last 18 months or so, is the need to wrap cybersecurity around these technology solutions. Laws and regulations today take the issue of data protection extremely seriously. Any organisation that wants a future selling technology needs to be able to have a conversation with their customers around cybersecurity. Then when the global pandemic hit in March 2020, many organisations found themselves with a dramatically altered IT footprint, and consequently new gaps in their cybersecurity posture. Bad actors were quick to react, becoming more prolific and innovative in their methods of targeting organisational data.
In 2020, we’ve seen the rate of digitalisation accelerate faster than any year in history. This acceleration has come with implications for organisation’s and their cybersecurity posture. Today, organisations have a much more hybrid workforce than they did at the start of 2020. This has resulted in a dramatic shift in organisations looking at how they maximise productivity with teams working from home and the workplace. In addition, there is a big focus on making those workspaces (offices, factories, retail, etc.) safe spaces for those who occupy them. Technology is playing a major role in both these considerations. Wrapped around this, is the really important issue of cybersecurity. We often describe cybersecurity as the catalyst for innovation, because if you can’t get the security right, often the innovation can’t be implemented.
Tech Data’s European Security Vendor Manager - Dan Steel explains why the company has added VMware Carbon Black to its cybersecurity portfolio in Europe.
What is the Cloud all about?
IT today sounds a bit like the weather forecast, you keep on hearing about the Cloud. Although everything seems to have its sunny and rainy days, the cloud we will discuss today has nothing to do with the weather. The Cloud in IT terms stands for the assets you use over the internet. So for a users’ point of view they are ‘somewhere out there’. And out there is referred to somewhere in the sky, we cannot touch or see the systems that are involved.