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Bring Your Own PC security to transform businesses within five years - Gartner

Bring Your Own PC security will transform businesses within the next five years, according to a new report from Gartner.

The 2020 Gartner. Inc. Hype Cycle for Endpoint Security features two technologies that will have transformational impact on global businesses within the next 10 years. 

The analyst firm says Bring your own PC* (BYOPC) security will reach mainstream adoption in the next two to five years, while it will take five to 10 years for mainstream adoption of secure access service edge (SASE) to take place.

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little interest in BYOPC,” says Rob Smith, senior research director at Gartner. 

“At the start of the pandemic, organisations simply had no other alternative. The urgent need to enable employees to work from home and a lack of available hardware bolstered its adoption globally. Gartner clients said their adoption of BYOPC is up from less than 5% in 2019," he says.

In this year’s Hype Cycle, BYOPC security and SASE reached the Peak of Inflated Expectations. The wide and sudden adoption of BYOPC has become a necessary security strategy that requires CISOs and security leaders to put in place specific security practices. 
 
BYOPC Security and SASE At the Peak

“CISOs and security leaders should expect the need to support BYOPC to be dependent upon a long-term work-from-home strategy, as well as security tools needed for a BYOPC environment,” says Smith.

“They need to prioritise their security practices, including enabling multifactor authentication (MFA) for all access to any corporate resource regardless if virtual or not, and if cloud or on-premises," he explains. 

"Organisations must contain all cloud application data and disallow local storage or upload of local data from any BYOPC device, as this could infect the cloud system. They also need to virtualise access to any traditional on-premises application.”

As BYOPCs are often infected with malware or ransomware and fall victim to phishing attacks, IT must limit and control access by offsetting the PC hardware investment with critical security technologies such as MFA, cloud access security broker (CASB), zero trust network access (ZTNA), virtual desktop infrastructure, and desktop as a service.

“Without investment in these technologies, IT faces a much higher potential cost in the form of ransomware,” Smith says.

“It is also critical that IT works with HR, legal, and workers councils to develop a proper work-from-home policy.”

Also, at the peak this year, SASE allows any endpoint to access any application over any network in a protected manner. SASE delivers multiple capabilities such as SD-WAN, secure web gateways, CASB, next-generation firewall and ZTNA.

 Joe Skorupa, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, says, “Although SASE is relatively new, the COVID-19 pandemic has fostered the need for business continuity plans that include flexible, anywhere, anytime, secure remote access, at scale, even from untrusted devices.

“As SASE services are cloud-native — dynamically scalable, globally accessible, multitenant and including zero trust network access, they are driving its rapid adoption," he says.

"Over the last three months, SASE has been adopted by more than 40% of global remote workers.”

SASE enables IT infrastructure & operations (I&O) and security teams to deliver a rich set of secure networking and security services in a consistent and integrated manner to support the needs of digital business transformation, edge computing and workforce mobility.

“Mobile workforce, contractor access and edge computing applications that are latency sensitive are three likely opportunities,” adds Skorupa.