Hybrid Work Model: Keeper Security, Open Systems, More Address Security Concerns

The human element plays a big role in hybrid work security.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

May 31, 2023

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The post-pandemic hybrid work model continues to provide opportunities for cybercriminals to launch attacks and steal data.

A cybersecurity roundtable during this month’s MSP Summit and Channel Partners Conference & Expo tackled the issue of continuing security challenges associated with the hybrid work model. They also discussed how they’re helping customers better secure their hybrid workforces.

Gartner estimates that by the end of 2023, 48% of knowledge workers around the world will work either fully remotely (9%) or in a hybrid arrangement (39%). In the United States, fully remote and hybrid workers are expected to account for 71% of the workforce this year.

Roundtable participants included:

  • Marcia Dempster, Keeper Security‘s senior director of channel sales.

  • George Just, ThreatBlockr‘s chief revenue officer.

  • Tim Roddy, Open Systems‘ vice president of marketing.

  • Jennifer Binet, Sectigo‘s senior vice president of enterprise sales.

  • Timm Hoyt, Sumo Logic‘s senior vice president of worldwide partners and alliances.

Hybrid Work Model Presents Many Unknowns

Dempster said cybersecurity issues persist in hybrid work because “you don’t know where people are logging on from.”


Keeper Security’s Marcia Dempster


ThreatBlockr’s George Just


Open Systems’ Tim Roddy


Sectigo’s Jennifer Binet


Sumo Logic’s Timm Hoyt







“You don’t know how they’re connecting to your systems or which Wi-Fi they’re using,” she said. “There are so many factors that go into us sitting in an airport or sitting here at a conference. And are you using a VPN or are you using a connection manager? Or how are you storing your credentials? If I’m on public Wi-Fi and I’m logging into my bank, is that a great idea? Probably not.”

Scroll through our slideshow above for more from the roundtable on cybersecurity and the hybrid work model.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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