Reading Time: 2 Minutes ReadIn light of the challenges many businesses are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we set out to gather insights from experts across diverse industries. We wanted to learn more about the strategies they have been implementing to demonstrate resilience in the face of COVID-19, as well as about the effects this global health crisis will have on the importance of digitalization. In the first piece of this series we’re looking into an industry at the front of many employees’ minds as companies transition to remote work: IT security. We had the chance to speak with Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest, co-founder of the International Cybersecurity Dialogue, and a global thought leader in IT security. With over 20 years of experience as an industry analyst under his belt, we were excited for him to weigh in on this topic. Stiennon said some of the biggest challenges the IT security industry is currently facing, like most, are
- the disruption of day-to-day activities caused by the transition to working from home
- offices operations shutting down
- business climate uncertainty
- Video conferencing has taken the professional world by storm, which in many cases has increased strain on home internet bandwidth and has driven IT security companies to take action accordingly.
- The need for companies to assess their current digitalization strategy (or lack thereof). With larger IT projects being put on hold, companies’ IT departments have the time to focus on where they are in the journey towards digitalization, and on deciding how to make the move that is increasingly self-evident: the move to the cloud.
“This crisis, while disrupting budgets and revenue for most organizations, is going to accelerate the transformation to cloud infrastructure. Secure communications, cloud-delivered security stacks, endpoint security, mobile device management, infrastructure, and container security deployments will thrive.”We couldn’t agree more. During these challenging, albeit transformative, times, a number of our clients have found that among the best strategies to future-proof their infrastructure and data platforms have included:
- Participating in specialized, data-driven workshops on the various cloud solutions that can aid in remote work and business recovery
- End-to-end delivery of data/machine learning solutions
- Ongoing consultancy and support