The sudden and unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted employees in nearly every industry and forced many enterprises to scramble to support a predominately remote workforce. Every organization’s cybersecurity measures will be tested like never before as the world continues to see cyber-attacks become as novel as the virus. Is your team ready for the challenges the global pandemic is presenting and will continue to present over the coming months?
Building a mature security program is complex and broad. Three areas are of particular concern as teams strategize their rapid response in the coming weeks:
How security teams work together to adjust to a broadly remote workforce who are using cloud-based technologies and organizational assets outside of the usual oversight will help define success in cybersecurity through this crisis and in a new post-pandemic mindset. Consider these questions as you shift from a reactive position to a proactive plan in your security management.
As employees set up home office spaces, your organizational assets are dispersed and will be used in settings and ways no one has pre-approved or anticipated. Managing these assets in less secure settings and protecting them from attacks should be a priority. Training employees to follow organization usage protocols and to be savvy about cyberattacks is important, but you will need to go beyond these measures to assure your data is secure. The focus on a “zero trust” model is more important now than ever before. While the move to zero trust is complex, you can immediately focus on a few areas first for quick results in protecting remote assets, including:
Cloud-based technologies are more important than ever for their accessibility and reliability. A cloud security strategy can be somewhat daunting. However, a few places to start are as follows:
Continuing to do periodic and routine security assessments is imperative as hackers continue to escalate attacks to exploit the chaotic situation that COVID-19 has created for us all. All security assessments are going to be remote at this time, thus you need an effective way to collaborate with your remote teams.
This is a new paradigm for many and hopefully we can all support each other as we work together to keep each other safe from all threats, cyber and coronavirus alike. Stay healthy and safe.