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What Is the Impact of Cybersecurity During the COVID-19 Crisis?

May 7, 2020

The Coronavirus has had a profound impact on cybersecurity. Organizations have rushed to protect workers and provide for customers. With increased accommodations, comes an increased threat to cybersecurity.

Working from home and increases in digital purchasing make it easy for hackers to launch attacks. The greater use of online services further increases threats.

COVID-19 may have changed the impact of cybersecurity on your business. Read on to find out how to adjust your security practices.

The Big Challenge

There has always been a big challenge for CISOs and cybersecurity teams. Coronavirus adds to that challenge. CISCOS must now protect their institutions while enabling remote operations.

Scaled-up operations and a large shift to work-from-home have made it harder for CISCOs. CISCOS must now switch their tools to accommodate these massive shifts.

Addressing the Big Challenge

Four key principles will help cut the impact of cybersecurity during the Coronavirus. 

Focus- Cybersecurity teams must figure out the critical areas of protection. Then, they must find methods that address those needs.

Teams should focus on security features and capabilities that are critical to operations. Focus on what's important: creating a secure work environment at home.

Make sure employees also understand safe remote-working protocols. Teach them how to identify threats and deescalate those threats.

Test- Test the efficacy of your current cybersecurity methods. This will provide you with a blueprint for the future. Understanding what works and identifying gaps reduces the impact of cybersecurity.

A key idea to keep in mind while testing is risk mitigation.

Track- After you test the impact of cybersecurity on your business, check the changes. This is the time to pull out all the stops, so you enable risk response and recovery.

Track your collaboration tools. Track employees and endpoints to catch data-related incidents before they cause damage. Watch networks for new forms of malware.

Balance- Remember, the most crucial impact of cybersecurity is maintaining business continuity. To do this, CISOs may need to tolerate some short-term risk by relaxing controls.

But CISOs shouldn’t allow these reduced controls to compromise cybersecurity.
If CISOs relax controls, they must test and review their efficacy. They must also provide time limits. These relaxed controls should never be permanent solutions.

Recap: The Impact of Cybersecurity During Coronavirus

Coronavirus is changing the business landscape. Businesses must focus on cybersecurity now more than ever. The increase in people working from home makes it difficult to track threats. CISCOs find it difficult to control variables such as malware and data-related incidents.

Companies must use focus, testing, tracking, and balance to respond. These four principles reduce risk. They also protect normal business operations.

Coronavirus makes every facet of life difficult. But with people working together, we will all get through this. We need compassion and resilience to carry on.

Keep your business safe. Look for more of our blogs to find out the impact of cybersecurity on your business!

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