Remote & hybrid work

Cyber security report

Dorota Gibiino 17 December 2021

An explosion in remote and hybrid work.

The global events of the past year have had a profound impact on the way many of us work, meet, shop and study. Undoubtedly, the shift to remote and hybrid work is one of the most significant changes to have taken place as a result of Covid-19.

As companies raced to ensure business continuity starting in March of last year (2020), the demands placed on their remote access infrastructure exploded. For most organizations up to that point, network security infrastructure was designed to mainly support operations on-premises, in headquarters and branch offices, with only minor or marginal concessions made to support work-from-home and off-premises access.

The report uncovers the implications of remote work on companies' security and network architectures, and how IT Security Leaders and Professionals are addressing the evolving needs of the hybrid workplace.


The distributed Enterprise and SASE

With so many working remotely, organisations quickly realised that relying on network architecture that routes all traffic to the on-prem data centre for traffic inspection no longer provided the speed and performance required to support what has been dubbed the digital workforce transformation, leading IT security professionals and leaders to rethink their network security strategy.hybrid working Primenet



  • Collectively known as the secure access service edge, the use cases listed below comprise the main services of this architectural blueprint.

Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

  • Secures remote access to enterprise applications on-prem or in the cloud using zero trust principles and a security broker service through which all traffic is routed for security inspection. ZTNA is often deployed along with slide VPN-as-a service support for legacy applications and systems.
Secure Web Gateway (SWG)

  • Protects remote workers’ and branch offices’ internet access to ensure that all internet connectivity is vetted using URL filtering, anti-malware and phishing protection and application control.

Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)

  • Secures SaaS applications through access control, encryption, threat prevention and granular permissions.

Branch Firewall as a Service (FWaaS)

  • Secures branch offices as they connect directly to the internet and cloud over software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN)

Networking as-a-Service

  • SD-WAN services that optimize enterprise traffic flow through best path selection factored for speed, QoS, cost and other variables.