Why don’t we live in walled cities anymore?

IT Pro Portal | April 27, 2021

Let’s analyze security and defense over the ages through a Covid lens.

From ancient Jericho through to medieval Constantinople, people built walls around cities as a main method of defense for around 10,000 years.  But we don’t live in walled cities any more – why not?  That’s a really big change, and it deserves an explanation.

Our companies aren’t walled cities, but they certainly had a strong tradition of being centralized and walled off.  A year ago, we suddenly found that we couldn’t do that any longer. I’ve spoken to many managers who were frankly surprised at how well it has worked to abruptly change the paradigm, and let people work out in the community, away from the supervisor’s beady eye, and outside the protective walls of the building or the network.