The Virtual New Normal

Apr 23, 2020 | Monitoring, Security, Virtual Environment

“An increasing need for a total solution for enterprise system monitoring and security” -By Fred Lochner Chief Global Development Officer Rufusforyou LLC

The coronavirus pandemic has forced companies to adopt an unprecedented move to a virtual work from a home workplace. Many companies are discovering that continuing these changes could have some long-lasting positive effects, including efficiency, cost savings, and more.

On CBS This Mornings April 22 series Eye on Earth, Jamie Yuccas did a story about the dramatic drop off in greenhouse gas emissions since the coronavirus lockdown.

Glory Dolphin Hammes CEO of IQAir, a tech company that tracks global air quality said that one year ago, Los Angeles ranked as the worst polluted major city in the country, but now during the pandemic shut down its censoring reported it as the cleanest air of any major city on earth. By some estimates, the pandemic has taken about 80% of passenger cars off the road resulting in a 31% reduction in air pollution compared to the same time last year.

It is not just Los Angeles, other major cities around the world are seeing this reduction as well. In Italy, they have noticed a significant improvement in water clarity in the canals of Venice. In other places, wild animals are returning to areas that they haven’t been seen in decades.

It should be no surprise that people are beginning to wonder “what if” we made these changes permanent. Climate scientists are going to be making the case; this is just what the doctor ordered to curb global warming trends. Whether you believe in human-made climate change or not, most everyone can appreciate a clear blue sky.

With these changes, however, come new challenges for the enterprise. Theo Nater, VP of European Operations at Rufus For You suggests that when companies were forced to go virtual, they left system licensing and security behind. For example, a company that typically would own 1000 VPN licenses suddenly would have 30,000 employees logging into the company from home far exceeding their registered license agreements and making them vulnerable to software audits and potentially significant fines and added licensing costs.

But maybe the even more concerning result of the go virtual transition is security. Wireless technology is everywhere, including our homes. Many of us would be shocked by how many things either are or can connect to our home networks.

Tjeerd Saijoen, Founder of Rufusforyou LLC and the creator of Rufus AI, said most everyone who has a smartphone has turned on their WiFi in a public place to detect available networks. What they see is all the networks both secured and unsecured that are within range. Open networks create an opportunity for cyber hackers who can easily breach the security on these home networks.

In addition to smartphones, many devices you may not have considered also connect through WiFi, such as security cameras, smart TVs, and home appliances, to name a few. Many of these devices do not have anywhere near the level of security to prevent cyber hackers from gaining access. Once they gain access to one of these devices, cyber terrorists can quickly increase access to your virtual network.

By expanding the virtual enterprise, companies face increased threats from these types of intrusions. Cyber terrorists can create gateways during these times that allow them access in the potential future when we least expect it. There is growing evidence that this is happening now.
Every consumer device capable of connecting to a person’s home network could potentially be a gateway into a companies’ virtual system. Securing these devices may seem like a daunting task. Imagine a University that has now gone to all online classes. Imagine thousands of students accessing the system from an array of secure and unsecured settings and devices. Along comes Rufus AI to the rescue with its unique total solution.

It’s never been more critical than now! Rufus AI monitors the entire ecosystem, including on-premises, cloud, multi-cloud, and hi-bred. It monitors all seven layers of the OSI model along with additional layers of parameter optimization and security.

Rufus Artificial Intelligence, paired with IBM’s QRADAR, detects any abnormalities or changes in the system while instantly quarantining any intrusions detected. Rufus AI provides 24/7 patrols. Rufus AI monitors application licenses and provides parameter optimization increasing performance while reducing the cost of wasted storage space.

“Theo Nater reported that Rufus AI detected and provided a resolution to a problem causing one of his European customers downtime. They estimated that IT operations downtime was costing their company 3 million dollars in lost business revenue in a single day. While Rufus AI continues to detect existing problems, Rufus AI’s new Predictive Outage feature detects and prevents future business outages reducing the cost of planned downtime and the negative implications related to business interruption to their brand. “