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Cybersecurity Priorities in Times of Pandemic

The new remote workforce opens your attack surface. Here’s what to do.

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Your Challenge

  • Novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has thrown organizations around the globe into chaos as they attempt to continue operations while keeping employees safe.
  • IT needs to support business continuity – juggling available capacity and ensuring that services are available to end users – without clarity of duration, amid conditions that change daily, on a scale never seen before.
  • Security has never been more important than now. But…where to start? What are the top priorities? How do we support remote work while remaining secure?

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • There is intense pressure to enable employees to work remotely, as soon as possible. IT is scrambling to enable access, source equipment to stage, and deploy products to employees, many of whom are unfamiliar with working from home.
  • There is either too much security to allow people to be productive or too little security to ensure that the organization remains protected and secure.
  • These events are unprecedented, and no plan currently exists to sufficiently maintain a viable security posture during this interim new normal.

Impact and Result

  • Don’t start from scratch. Leverage your current security framework, processes, and mechanisms but tailor them to accommodate the new way of remote working.
  • Address priority security items related to remote work capability and its implications in a logical sequence. Some security components may not be as time sensitive as others.
  • Remain diligent! Circumstances may have changed, but the importance of security has not. In fact, IT security is likely more important now than ever before.

Research & Tools

Start here – read our Cybersecurity Priorities research.

Our recommendations and the accompanying checklist tool will help you quickly get a handle on supporting a remote workforce while maintaining security in your organization.

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Search Code: 92041
Published: March 30, 2020
Last Revised: March 30, 2020

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