Over the last few weeks, most organisations have had to transition to enable their employees to work remotely. The key focus has been on business continuity during this trying time. Unfortunately, business continuity isn’t so easy. Keeping the day-to-day operations of the business running has been one of the hardest IT challenges that most organisations have faced in the last decade. It’s one for which many organisations might not have had a plan in place.

So, how have organizations been handling this transition? And how should they be incorporating security into their work? Let’s examine this in greater detail using a hypothetical organization as an example.

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The Importance of an Inventory in Remote Asset Deployment

With the move to remote working, the first priority would be to get physical hardware out to all previously office-based employees. These workers need laptops, reliable internet access and specific security software such as a VPN.

Rolling out these devices might be easy enough. But for the sake of security, organizations need to make sure that they keep track of their new corporate assets. That’s why having an up-to-date inventory of all devices currently in the infrastructure is key to moving onto the next steps in the business continuity plan and in a timely manner.

The truth is that the impetus to scale up quickly has left many organisations without a complete inventory of what devices are now within their corporate infrastructure. Organizations, therefore, need a way of passively discovering a complete list of their assets within a short amount of time. This method should work across networks so that no device is left undiscovered.

The Need to Look Beyond Rapid Deployment

Once all hardware and software has been inventoried, the organization will now have a clear view of what additional items they will need (Read more...)