Cybersafety Connections May 2021 Vol#17

Be in the Know  

  • The problem of remote work presents cyber threat now and post-pandemic.  
  • The solutions for cyber threat resulting from remote/work from home.  
  • Leaders angle on defending against cybersecurity threats. 
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The Problem of Remote/Work From Home and Cyber Threats   

Covid-19 accelerated digital transformation for companies and this led to an increase in cybercrime.  

And why is that?  

  • There were technology changes without the needed security controls in place.  

This situation resulted because employees are working from different locations on different networks using multiple devices not operating within the companies’ network boundaries thus increasing the attack surface. Meanwhile, the security controls are lagging behind these technology changes.  

  • Bad actors  

These bad actors are using social engineering to target the remote workforce with messages related to the pandemic. 

  • Data Theft 

Increased stress of the pandemic, financial stress and poor remote security controls led to theft of data for personal gain. 

The Problem With Remote/Hybrid Work Post-Pandemic are;  

  • Increased data loss and disruption of vital assets from greater web activity and insider threats 
  • Data loss and data manipulation from the misuse of privileged access. 
  • Data theft, disclosure, or loss from the use of conferencing tools; and. 
  • Uncertainty around data protection and privacy regulations.1  

Diverse Solutions 

  • Authentication and authorization at a smaller level of detail.  
  • Intranet in the clouds using direct, private connections and virtual desktop interfaces. This limits the incidence of work devices been targeted by phishing, malware, and ransomware as a result of using it for personal work.  
  • DevSecOps – development, security, and operations which means thinking about application and security infrastructure from the start.  
  • AI and Machine learning to detect threats like phishing. 
  • ZTNA- Zero -Trust Network Access initiatives to reduce attack surfaces and replace VPN. This means even if devices are connected to the managed network and have been verified, they are not trusted.1 

Leaders Angle on Guarding Against Cybersecurity Threat.2  

  • Create a culture of proactivity and accountability  

This means being one step ahead and leaders and organizations holding themselves accountable for protecting critical networks.  

  • Know the digital supply chain in our internet of things IOT world  

From software updates to infrastructure including knowing the source of your software, the programmer/coder, and proactively avoid viruses along the chain.  

  • Build cyber resilience  

Since it is not a matter of if but when companies should build up the capacity to keep operating as in business continuity in the face of data breach/intrusion or cyberattacks.  

  • Stand ready for Cooperation even with the competition  

This involves coming to terms with the trade-off of protecting the network and information sharing.  

Here are links to the complete articles.

1.Cybersecurity and Remote Work 

Cybersecurity and Remote Workers 1

2.Cybersecurity for Leaaders

Leaders Tips for Protecting Against Cybersecuirty Threats 2

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