The latest survey from (ISC) 2 reveals 47% of cybersecurity professionals are being repurposed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
According to the (ISC)2 COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey, 47% of cybersecurity professionals have been temporarily moved to assist with IT-related tasks due to a significant rise in remote working. Of the 256 professionals surveyed, 81% said their job function has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly a quarter of respondents said cyber-attacks at their companies have increased since transitioning to remote work, while security incidents have surged by as much as 100%, indicating that hackers are trying to exploit the new work practices.
The survey said 90% of cybersecurity professionals are now working remotely full time. Eighty-one percent of respondents said their enterprises view security as an essential function at present. However, 47% said they have been redeployed from their typical security duties to assist with other IT-related tasks.
Cybersecurity workers who have not been pulled away from their normal duties are more confident in their company’s commitment to security. As per the survey, 15% of respondents said their information security teams do not have the resources to support a remote workforce, while 34% said they only have it for the time being.
Some of the top challenges faced by the surveyed cybersecurity professionals are –
- Helping users understand and abide by security policies out of the office
- Lack of hardware to support a larger number of remote workers
- Prioritizing quick deployment of remote technology
Some respondents felt it is necessary to rethink security policies and even make some compromises, while others said they had seen end-users paying more attention to security. The survey said several respondents are taking the pandemic as an opportunity for future organizational process improvement. Employers have realized they should have enacted contingency plans for a large-scale remote.