Technologies to Be Thankful for This Year: 2021 Edition

A person holds a glowing orb with a sunset in the background, symbolizing networking technology.With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time once again to reflect on the technologies we’re grateful to have at our disposal. Like 2020, this has been another busy year filled with new challenges – such as combating ransomware attacks and setting up hybrid offices.

Reflecting on 2021 so far, here are a few technologies to be thankful for this year.

1. Extended detection and response (XDR)

As cybercriminals continue to cook up increasingly sophisticated malware and hacking strategies, advanced detection and response capabilities have become vital for organizations of all sizes. XDR combines solutions such as SIEM, network detection and response, and endpoint detection and response to increase visibility across your IT environment and facilitate faster threat identification. Learn more from this blog entry: “What Is XDR? Your Guide to Extended Detection and Response.”

2. Zero-trust network architecture with secure access service edge (SASE)

At a time when many companies have adopted hybrid workplace models, zero-trust network architecture with SASE has emerged as the best way to ensure remote workers can access everything they need without compromising security. For details, check out this blog entry: “Why Zero Trust Has Become the Go-To Framework in Today’s World of Hybrid Work.”

3. Microsoft 365

Many businesses leverage the Microsoft 365 productivity suite (formerly Office 365) to promote productivity from anywhere with apps like Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint, among others. In the approximately 11 years since the suite launched, Microsoft has worked to improve it with security enhancements, dozens of new apps, automation and more. For details, check out this blog entry: “4 Key Ways Microsoft 365 Has Added Value Since Its Launch.”

4. Multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Also called two-factor authentication in some cases, this security measure adds an extra layer of protection against hacking. As cyberattacks have become more severe, insurers have also started making MFA a prerequisite for coverage. Learn more here: “Why MFA Has Become Mandatory for Cyber Liability Coverage.”

5. Workstation as a Service (WaaS)

In today’s work-from-anywhere era, WaaS (also called Desktop as a Service) has gained popularity as a way to give remote and mobile workers secure access to critical applications and data. Through the process of virtualization, WaaS solutions separate the operating system from the physical computer. Learn more from our Workstation as a Service page.

6. Remote IT support

If some or all of your staff members work from home, remote IT support services can quickly resolve any tech troubles in an effective and non-disruptive way. As part of our managed IT services, we access and troubleshoot machines and laptops for our clients without going on-site or bothering the end users.

If you’d like to learn more about the technologies listed here, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Our trusted technology advisors can answer any questions you might have and help you identify the best solutions for your business. Connect with our advisors today by calling 877-599-3999 or emailing

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