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BrandPost: Should Your Enterprise Perimeter Live in the Cloud?

As enterprises embrace cloud computing and a mobile workforce, IT leaders have watched the traditional network perimeter capabilities dissolve, making security, access and identity concerns a top priority.

Digital ecosystems have expanded the infrastructure horizon for enterprises far beyond the network perimeter. Increasingly applications reside in the cloud, erasing the traditional idea of “inside” and “outside” a network perimeter. And while the idea of a “cloud perimeter” is emerging, protecting data your enterprise in requires a new approach to security that moves from the “moat and castle” approach to a zero trust model.

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BrandPost: State of Remote Access Security

Nearly three-quarters of the U.S. workforce will be mobile workers by 2023, IDC predicts. With so many employees on the road at least part of the time, being able to access business critical applications remotely is key to the way we work — but also hard to secure.

In a recent study conducted by IDC for Akamai, more than half of respondents (56%) ranked security breaches as their greatest challenge around application access, even as they acknowledged that providing that level of access is an absolute necessity. Indeed, more than half the companies surveyed said every aspect of securing access is difficult, from managing mobile employees to onboarding and off-boarding contractors and partners.

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BrandPost: DNS: Early Warning System for Cyber Attacks

The Domain Name System (DNS) is akin to the central exchange for the Internet. It lists, tracks, and matches domain names – like www.akamai.com — to machine-readable IP addresses – like 23.199.214.34 — to steer traffic to the desired site.

But security wasn’t top of mind in the design of the DNS protocol. As such, it should come as no surprise that DNS-based threats continue to stalk the digital world. In fact, DNS is one of the top three most frequently used attack vectors to date this year, according to Akamai’s First Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet / Security Report.

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BrandPost: DNS and Security: A Vulnerability, Yes. But Also A Safeguard

Every action on the Internet relies on the Domain Name System (DNS), which lists, tracks, and matches domain names to machine-readable IP addresses to make sure traffic gets where it’s meant to go. Because it’s such a basic part of the Internet, many organizations take it for granted—and that’s made the world’s 30 to 50 million DNS servers an increasingly popular cyber attack vector.

A recursive DNS server’s only function is to resolve user requests. It has no way of knowing whether the connection it enables is good or bad. At many enterprises, firewalls do not inspect the port that DNS servers use to listen for queries. Often, the default firewall configuration is to allow inbound DNS requests from the public Internet so that a DNS service can respond.

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BrandPost: The VPN is Dead; Long Live the VPN!

For years, virtual private networks (VPNs) have been the best practice for giving remote workers secure access to corporate data and applications. But VPNs are built on the fundamental idea that enterprises have an inside and an outside—and the more operations your organization moves to the cloud and the more your users are accessing things remotely, the more difficult it’s becoming to define what “inside” and “outside” even mean.

How do you provide secure access to your enterprise network when it’s effectively scattered across the Internet?

A recent IDC survey indicates this concern is weighing on companies in every industry. More than 80% of the companies surveyed feel providing remote access is important, and most expect their use of remote access will grow by 11% to 20% in the next year or two.

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BrandPost: The VPN is Dead; Long Live the VPN!

For years, virtual private networks (VPNs) have been the best practice for giving remote workers secure access to corporate data and applications. But VPNs are built on the fundamental idea that enterprises have an inside and an outside—and the more operations your organization moves to the cloud and the more your users are accessing things remotely, the more difficult it’s becoming to define what “inside” and “outside” even mean.

How do you provide secure access to your enterprise network when it’s effectively scattered across the Internet?

A recent IDC survey indicates this concern is weighing on companies in every industry. More than 80% of the companies surveyed feel providing remote access is important, and most expect their use of remote access will grow by 11% to 20% in the next year or two.

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BrandPost: The Biggest Access Security Challenges and How to Address Them

As companies’ global partner ecosystems expand, remote suppliers, contractors and other external parties are just as likely to require access to some key enterprise applications as are full-time staffers working from branch locations, home offices or the field.

With the lines continuing to blur between who is inside the enterprise and who’s outside it, and control over end points diminishing, the challenge for IT to deliver secure access to applications that reside behind firewalls and across multiple private and public clouds grows larger.  

Here are some of the application access security dilemmas your own IT team may confront, especially when relying on traditional access approaches:

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BrandPost: How Content Delivery Expertise Can Empower Better Security

The push for enterprises to be more agile, flexible, and fast—a.k.a. Digital Transformation—is driving IT resources out of legacy environments and into the cloud.

Business today depends upon a more flexible, remote and mobile workforce, and that workforce needs secure, reliable, and fast access to those resources and applications that live in the cloud.

But the transformation to an inside-out enterprise—where applications, data and users increasingly live beyond a company’s confines—imposes some challenges along with the benefits it brings.

At the top of those issues: security. IT remains responsible for the security, visibility, and performance of applications and users that now sit outside the business’ traditional zone of control. Three-quarters of respondents [1] to a recent IDC survey say that the ability to provide secure remote application access is a priority.

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BrandPost: How to Facilitate a ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ Work Culture

Companies today expect more from their employees and, for the most part, employees are willing to give it. But it’s just as important for employees to play hard as it is for them to work hard, otherwise they risk burnout—and that’s not good for anyone. By offering onsite services, companies can create a “work hard, play hard” culture that benefits everyone. 

Employees are routinely working more than full time. According to a Gallup poll, adults who work full time in the U.S. work an average of 47 hours per week. Half of all full-time workers surveyed by Gallup reported that they work more than 40 hours a week, and nearly 40% said they work at least 50 hours a week. 

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BrandPost: Help Employees with Some Creative ‘Spring Cleaning’

It’s that time of year. The days are getting longer, flowerbeds are giving rise to color, and the trees are turning green. It’s also time for spring cleaning, and your employees aren’t necessarily thinking only about cleaning out the garage or the coat closet. Like the Earth, humans are undergoing a renewal of sorts. That’s good news for employers. By helping employees with their personal spring cleaning, you can also help keep them engaged—despite the beckoning sunshine.

According to research by Groupon, consumers are spring cleaning themselves. The survey of 2,000 U.S. adults revealed that personal grooming and lifestyle habits change with the warming weather. In fact, six in 10 are adamant about embarking on a “spring clean of the body.” That means eating better, starting a new fitness regime, and spending more time on beauty routines. 

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BrandPost: Not Your Grandparent’s Company: Bringing the Workplace into the 21st Century

Gone are the days when employees dedicated the better part of their lives climbing the corporate ladder, working 40-plus hours a week year after year with all their hopes pinned on an early retirement. That was the way our grandparents worked, and it’s being rejected by Millennials and, increasingly, Gen-Xers. To remain competitive, companies need to change with the times. They need to bring the workplace into the 21st Century to attract the talent and skills necessary for a competitive advantage. 

For many Millennials, a job is not merely a means to an end. It’s an opportunity to fulfill their sense of purpose and to give back to the world. This is a benefit for everyone, as it means Millennials are more engaged in their work and, hopefully, more satisfied. But it also means that Millennials aren’t motivated by the Apple Watch (or other flashy tech gadget) the company gives to employees who reach their 10-year anniversary. Instead of waiting for those milestones, companies need to offer perks that build loyalty on a daily basis.   

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BrandPost: Not Your Grandparent’s Company: Bringing the Workplace into the 21st Century

Gone are the days when employees dedicated the better part of their lives climbing the corporate ladder, working 40-plus hours a week year after year with all their hopes pinned on an early retirement. That was the way our grandparents worked, and it’s being rejected by Millennials and, increasingly, Gen-Xers. To remain competitive, companies need to change with the times. They need to bring the workplace into the 21st Century to attract the talent and skills necessary for a competitive advantage. 

For many Millennials, a job is not merely a means to an end. It’s an opportunity to fulfill their sense of purpose and to give back to the world. This is a benefit for everyone, as it means Millennials are more engaged in their work and, hopefully, more satisfied. But it also means that Millennials aren’t motivated by the Apple Watch (or other flashy tech gadget) the company gives to employees who reach their 10-year anniversary. Instead of waiting for those milestones, companies need to offer perks that build loyalty on a daily basis.   

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BrandPost: Putting People First: The Power of Employee Engagement

In the course of compiling its most recent employee engagement Meta-Analysis Report, Gallup crunched decades of employee engagement data to demonstrate the clear connections between highly engaged teams and an organization’s bottom line.

Among the findings:

  • Companies with highly engaged employees are 21% more profitable.
  • Engaged employees are 20% more productive.  

As Gallup observes, the relationship between engagement and performance is significant—and “highly generalizable” across organizations. 

“Business units with more engaged employees have better odds of achieving the outcomes their organizations want—such as revenue, profit, and productivity,” the report states.

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BrandPost: What’s Your Strategy to Create a Great Company Culture?

Much has been made about the potential of “digital transformation” to make companies more competitive, to engage more closely with customers, and to speed everything from decision making to time-to-market. This digital revolution has also impacted employees, and not always in a positive fashion.

Always connected workers often work longer hours, both onsite and off, and the pace and volume of work has steadily increased for many employees. An Ernst & Young (EY) study found that one-third of full-time employees say that managing the work-life balance had become more difficult over the past five years.

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