Over the last decade or so, enterprises have become increasingly digitized. They now include cloud architecture, incorporate more remote work, and have added as-a-service solutions among other transformative changes. Security teams have scaled network security accordingly, often strengthening safeguards by segmenting the network into smaller zones.
This strategy, unfortunately, created more opportunities for attackers. When attackers access a user’s login information, they can move laterally across the network, spreading ransomware and adding privileges as they go.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) improved credential strength, but added only one extra layer of authentication. Once in, hackers still have continuous access until they log out or the system logs them out.
New ways of working, including bring-your-own-device (BYOD), remote work and cloud architecture added a new set of vulnerabilities. But even new, stronger cybersecurity protections with heightened visibility end at the edge of the enterprise network and are blind beyond that point.