Covid-19 has sent entire workplaces home, leaving IT teams scrambling to secure networks, devices, and data.

In June, the Wall Street Journal found that companies using VPNs worked tirelessly around the clock for weeks trying to figure out how to scale to meet their user and bandwidth requirements. Thankfully, cloud computing makes it easier to transition a workforce online.

Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer, was able to transition thousands of his employees to the cloud almost overnight to make sure they could work safely from home. While cloud computing makes it easy to transition to a remote workplace, it also requires companies to move to a zero-trust model to ensure everything is completely locked down.

Stephen Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer for Amazon’s cloud-computing line, shared that Covid-19 has forced them to double down on a zero-trust model. Mr. Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal that the pandemic reinforced the importance of adopting this model.

A zero-trust model requires that intrusion detection and prevention systems check users’ identities at different points and utilize automatic monitoring tools to thwart hackers. These tools keep a lookout for unusual activity or spikes in traffic that could indicate a security breach or even a malicious employee.

CyberMaxx’s updated MAXX Network for Azure and AWS provides superior protection and monitoring. The technology identifies hostile activity in real-time and takes immediate action to stop threatening network traffic. Thomas Lewis, CEO at CyberMaxx, says that “the new advancements in our MAXX Network platform empowers our customers to move their workforce to the cloud without the worry of a security breach on top of the other challenges COVID-19 has brought. Whether you believe this shift towards a remote workforce is permanent or not, it has fundamentally changed how cybersecurity teams have to protect their data,” concluded Mr. Lewis.