Intrinsic Security Is Key to the Future of Work
Being able to protect data and programs is central to any organization. As widespread remote work adds to the number of tools in the IT environment, security can become quite complicated.
“Let's look more closely at our intrinsic security strategy,” Gelsinger said. “The question I hear from all of you is, ‘How do I drive a consistent security posture for all my apps and data?’ That gets harder as you scale across data centers, multiple clouds and to the edge.”
Building security controls directly into that infrastructure can allow apps and data to retain security posture, he said. One new offering from VMware to help address this is Carbon Black Cloud Workload.
“This is a new solution for hardening, configuring and managing your virtual workloads,” Gelsinger said. “We've integrated it natively into vSphere to simplify operations — no agents to install or manage.”
Digital Workspace Is at the Center of Digital Strategy
All IT avenues are leading to digital workspace right now. Networking and cloud decisions are all being made with one thing in mind: How does this enable our employees to work from anywhere?
“We just experienced the largest workforce migration in the history of humanity,” said Gelsinger. “Billions of people switched to a flexible distributed model, and most of us did it overnight. As we blur the boundary between work life and home life, the digital workspace has taken center stage.”
That means making sure the right networking is in place to keep people working, and the answer might not be the same technology that organizations had used in the past, according to Gelsinger.
“As we extend our corporate perimeters to embrace home office networks, it's no secret that VPNs have proved inadequate to better support distributed teams,” he said, adding that businesses can benefit from more creative solutions.
Outside of productivity, it’s also critical to make sure workers are still interacting with their jobs, particularly as the lines between work and home life become more blurred.
“It's all about increasing employee engagement,” said Gelsinger. “At a time when remote is the new office, employee engagement is everything.”
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