Covid-19 has drastically changed the way business is done in many ways. Perhaps one of the biggest impacts has been on cybersecurity as work-from-home requirements have magnified cybersecurity threats for practically every company.
Here are 10 ways that the pandemic has affected your firm’s technology infrastructure
Businesses had to quickly invest in tools for remote work, which means less room in the budget for technology refreshes and investment in cybersecurity solutions.
During the rapid shift to work from home, productivity took precedent over cybersecurity. Hackers took advantage and now it is critical to take a closer look at the changes that were made to tighten up any holes, including implementing VPNs, MFA, Zero trust and Identity Access Management.
The shift to remote work and the rapidly changing environment has caused some regulated firms to fall out of compliance. Firms should reassess requirements and bring their systems up to standards.
- Cybersecurity Awareness Training
Regardless of how much technology you deploy in an effort to protect your networks from cyber attacks, employees are always the first line of defense. It is absolutely essential all employees receive security awareness and phishing training. Then conduct phishing tests to be sure your training is having an impact.
- Data Leaks
Remote workers could be leaking data if it is not encrypted, protected and backed up, or if data being saved locally.
Cloud adoptions are rapidly on the rise as businesses look for ways to provide faster, more security and controlled access to data in the work-from-home era.
- Threat Intelligence
Cyberthreats are continuously evolving, it is critical to identify and detect threats as quickly as possible. This solution is no longer optional.
- Policies & Procedures
All businesses should re-assess their policies and procedures and consider their ability to operate critical business functions during emergency events.
- Risk Evaluation
Cybersecurity risks have shifted since the pandemic. It is time to re-evaluate where all your valuable data is stored and the value of that data. The entire C-Suite needs to be involved in risk evaluation, including IT.
- Managed IT Services
Enlist outside help to assess your current cybersecurity posture and manage your technology. MSPs are experts in managing systems remotely and dealing with rapid digital transition. In fact, our job at ACE IT Solutions is to prevent breaches and disruptions by monitoring your network 24×7. Clients also receive access to a Virtual CIO/CTO for strategic planning purposes who can provide guidance on IT organizational, operational, cybersecurity, logistical and cost challenges.
Contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having issues keeping up with the quickly changing pace of digital transformation in the COVID Era. We are here to help.