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October 2020

Coronavirus puts security at the heart of the agenda

With the shift to a more distributed workforce in response to widespready Covid-19 restrictions, many customers faced significant challenges as their firewall-based approach for centralised office-based environments needed to adapt to securing the network for a dispersed workforce. As Chris Martin, channel sales leader for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at A10 Networks, acknowledges: “Few corporate functions shifted priorities so much and so quickly when the Covid-19 crisis struck as corporate cyber security operations and the technology providers that support them.” He notes that with two-thirds of UK adults set to work remotely more often after Covid, “it’s clear the pandemic will create a larger surface area for cyber attacks, and with this will come increased opportunities for cyber security specialists”. Terry Greer-King, vice-president for EMEA at SonicWall, says the “mass shift” to home working has made everyone inherently less secure without the ...

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