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Hysolate 2021 Predictions: Sizing Up the Problem with Secure Remote Access in 2021

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Sizing Up the Problem with Secure Remote Access in 2021

By Tal Zamir, CTO and Founder, Hysolate

2021 will be the Year of Secure Remote Access. What's that you say? You thought the explosion of work-from-home made 2020 the YoSRA? Well, yes, it's true that by the end of Q1 2020 every company that could enable remote work did so. But the difference between what we've seen over the course of the past nine months and what's to come in the new year lies in how companies will shift their focus to operationalizing their remote access methodology now that the initial remote-at-any-cost push has passed.

So, for the sake of accuracy, let's say 2021 will be the Year of Cost-Effective Secure Remote Access, as enterprise approaches to enabling remote work at scale mature. Here's how we see this playing out over the coming year:

  • Enterprises will embrace BYOPC: With the shift to remote work brought about by COVID-19, enterprise BYOD/BYOPC is making a huge comeback. Scaling BYOD/BYOPC will require organizations to evolve the way they provide endpoint security, and so 2021 will see greater investment in secure digital workspaces. Enterprises will look to extend their support for non-managed laptops, not just for contractors/third parties but for the entire workforce, and they will need to address manageability and privacy issues related to these extended BYOD programs.
  • Enterprises will seek alternatives to VDI and DaaS for secure remote access at scale: If the remote-at-any-cost response to COVID-19 yielded anything positive, it demonstrated that distributed workflows are sustainable beyond the lifecycle of the current pandemic. What's proving to be unsustainable, however, is relying on outdated infrastructure to enable remote work at enterprise scale. Trying to address the rapid shift to remote-first with more-of-the-same solutions like virtual private networking (VPN), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) will hit scalability constraints, both in terms of user experience, security, and cost. Increased dependence on modern, cloud-based collaboration apps such as Zoom, Teams, Slack, and many others will exacerbate the shortcomings of legacy remote access solutions. Enterprises will realize it is not effective -- either from a cost or a productivity standpoint -- to limit users' access to these modern apps from a slow/expensive remote desktop in the data center.
  • Spending on endpoint security will shift to modern endpoint isolation solutions: On the corporate security front, endpoint security spending is going to rise in 2021 at an even greater rate than it has over the past few years, as the shift to remote work brought about by COVID-19 has exposed countless new security vulnerabilities. From the attackers' perspective, endpoints have now become more lucrative than ever, with a tempting attack vector of compromising a home network or a personal machine and from there moving laterally with a single hop into sensitive corporate assets (either cloud-based or on-premises via a VPN connection). This will increase investment in endpoint isolation products that separate corporate access from non-corporate/personal access. 

As we anticipate the arrival of the New Year, we think it's clear that the name of the IT game in 2021 will be increased flexibility, increased productivity and increased security. Legacy solutions got us to the point where companies could demonstrate the viability of remote work. But with the New Year comes a new resolve, one that compels companies to embrace the new remote-first paradigm by modernizing operations with purpose-built solutions that scale quickly and easily, strengthen the company's security posture and provide remote access for all without breaking the bank.

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About the Author

Tal Zamir 

Tal is a 20-year software industry leader with a track record of solving urgent business challenges by reimagining how technology works. An entrepreneur at heart, he has pioneered multiple breakthrough cybersecurity and virtualization products. Before founding Hysolate, Tal incubated next-gen end-user computing products in the CTO office at VMware. Earlier, he was part of the leadership team at Wanova, a desktop virtualization startup acquired by VMware. Tal began his career in an elite IDF technology unit, leading mission-critical cybersecurity projects that won the prestigious Israeli Defense Award. He holds multiple US patents as well as an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, and the honor of valedictorian, from the Technion.

Published Monday, December 14, 2020 7:40 AM by David Marshall
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