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As offices emptied out earlier this year in many places around the world as a result of the pandemic, IT teams scrambled to ensure fast, reliable, and secure connectivity to the corporate network for employees.

"While some organizations were able to leverage existing solutions, others found that their products were incapable of scaling to meet the needs of a mostly remote workforce. This was the case for one business process outsourcing (BPO) firm with 7,000 newly homebound employees, and the question quickly became: What now?..."

As we've already seen, the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the retail industry are, and will continue, to be very challenging to many companies. The ability to adapt by investing in technology to support new workforce, partner, and operations needs will determine which retail brands survive the pandemic. But switching to new ways of doing business isn't enough; a security-first mindset to secure these new approaches is also needed.

"Fortinet surveyed retailers on current business changes, challenges, and investment plans including: telework, new technologies and integrations, compliance, the cybersecurity skills shortage, cloud security, and SD-WAN.

Top Changes and Challenges in the Retail Industry

Overall, the research shows that retailers are adding new services and technologies to adapt to the new ways employees must work and consumers are shopping. For example, not surprisingly, 88% of retailers have added or expanded telework and 43% have added or expanded eCommerce. In addition, 42% have added the ability to perform contactless transactions..."

As a result of continued digital innovation initiatives, new remote work realities, and the introduction of 5G, organizations across sectors are facing an increasingly complex and ever-evolving threat landscape

"This is further exacerbated by a growing cybersecurity skills gap, which has resulted in a lack of skilled professionals to help secure networks against advanced threats.

We were joined virtually by Fortinet's Retail CISO Courtney Radke, Deputy CISO Renee Tarun, and Healthcare CISO Troy Ament for a discussion on how, with AI-driven Security Operations, CISOs are better equipped to protect their entire digital attack surface and meet the needs of today's digital businesses..."

SD-WAN was initially designed as a more flexible and cost-effective solution for connecting branch offices to cloud resources and the core network.

"And that is still the primary way it is deployed. Replacing static and costly MPLS connections and edge routers with a system that can manage and optimize connections and application performance has helped millions of organizations deploy a more robust and adaptable WAN strategy.

The right SD-WAN solution can do so much more. But far too many vendors have failed to realize the true potential of SD-WAN, or have over-promised on the flexibility of their solutions. It is not uncommon to find SD-WAN solutions, even from major vendors, that are unable to scale beyond 100 sites, provide overly complex management systems, or don't provide solutions appropriate to meet the unique needs of essential verticals, such as retail. This failure on the part of the vendors limits the possibilities for the organizations that deploy them..."

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