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The coronavirus crisis has accelerated digital transformation for many businesses, but the benefits may be lessened if digital identity isn’t integral to the process, writes Ashley Diffey, Country Manager Australia, New Zealand and Japan at enterprise security specialist Ping Identity.

Making that access streamlined and secure can be a challenge for enterprises which don’t include a rethink of cybersecurity strategy, protocol and processes in the digital transformation planning process.

Conversely, erasing multiple sign-ons and making workforce identity central to your security strategy allows employees to access those systems swiftly and safely.

In addition to the productivity boost such streamlined access can provide, the model enables organizations to redirect their IT resources away from routine tasks, such as resolving password reset requests, and onto initiatives which can help the business move forward.

Identity based security can also provide better protection than the traditional perimeter-based model, particularly if digital transformation involves an increase in remote working and, ipso facto, an increase in the potential attack surface.

Given the well documented threat posed by cybercriminals in today’s uncertain times strengthening security posture should be an imperative for businesses and enterprises of all stripes and sizes.

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