Mark Krischer
Mark has over 25 years of experience across Wireless and Security technologies, and joined Cisco in 2001 through the Radiata acquisition where he was the Director of Software Engineering.

As part of Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit, Mark led the Sydney Software Engineering department, and was responsible for the design and development for such technologies as EAP-FAST (IETF RFC 4851) and Protected Management Frames (802.11w).

Prior to his involvement in Wireless, Mark focused on Intrusion Detection and the application of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to secure networking protocols and services at BBN Technologies. Through his engineering work, Mark holds 18 patents in wireless and security.

Mark received a Master of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW in Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Security Implications of the Hybrid Workplace

Within the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, 9 in 10 Australian companies adopted new technologies to improve their business continuity and resilience.

While there had been many concerns that remote work would lead to a decrease in productivity, 41% of companies in Australia found the opposite to be true, with increases attributed not only to the introduction of new technologies, but the accompanying systems and polices.

The implication is that it is highly unlikely we will return to pre-COVID work environments.

The Next Normal will be the Hybrid Workplace, supporting a secure remote workforce simultaneously with the transition back to a trusted workplace. Remote work can no longer be relegated to a secondary or tier 2 capability. Employees must be effective irrespective of location. In fact, the Hybrid Workplace must support seamless transition between locations.

While the pandemic forced every company which could support remote work to do so, the majority of those implementations were done quickly, focused purely on enabling remote connectivity, with little consideration for broader security concerns.

Additionally, as the Hybrid Workplace encompasses both remote work and the trusted workplace, solutions must support location independence and transition of security policies based on the requirements of the application, the capabilities of the device, the method of network access, and the physical location of the user. Ideally, this seamless transition should extend to the user experience as well, covering not just security elements like SSO, but QoS and application performance as well.

To address these challenges, we see three key elements:

1. Zero Trust Security
2. Secure Access Service Edge
3. Micro-Segmentation

This session will explore the Hybrid Workplace and how these three security solutions work individually and in tandem to secure both the user and device, as well as the applications and data.

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