The COVID-19 pandemic will bring a couple of changes in enterprise cybersecurity.
The pandemic has affected several industries, including cybersecurity, mainly due to a significant increase in cyber incidents like phishing and malware hacks. Moreover, the crisis has highlighted the flawed security practices of many organizations.
As the world slowly tries to get back to the ‘new normal,’ security leaders and teams will start to see cybersecurity differently and embrace new changes.
Here are three main cybersecurity changes companies and CISOs will need to focus on.
Cyber threat risks to increase
The pandemic has already expanded the threat security landscape as more employees are working from home. Moreover, cyber-attack volumes have also increased since the beginning of the crisis.
Businesses are still trying to cope with the essential security measures required for a long-term remote working model. The biggest reason was the lack of preparedness for this unprecedented situation.
But now, as everyone gets more acclimatized to the dangers and challenges, companies will need some more time even after the pandemic is over to keep remote workers safe. Meanwhile, cyber risk will continue to increase.
Perhaps CISOs should plan with the opening of the lockdown in mind, but stay alert for these risks in any case.
More focus on cybersecurity teams
Many organizations will realize the importance of business continuity, with cybersecurity being an essential factor. They will need to establish strong cybersecurity teams with a talented workforce to combat any possible cyber incidents.
It will become necessary for security leaders to ensure their team can handle the increased pressure of remote working employees and manage the deployment of required technologies.
Moreover, a significant requirement for companies will be to reduce the talent gap and hire experts to handle sophisticated cyber threats. Experts in some emerging technologies- AI, ML or Blockchain, will need to be hired and nurtured, to be prepared for more destructive outages, once the mass movement of employees back to offices happens.
Companies will become proactive towards cybersecurity
Organizations will focus on training security employees and gearing them up for cyber-attacks. They will even ask their team to find vulnerabilities in their current system to help prevent attacks before they occur.
Although several companies have cybersecurity strategies in place, leaders will want more reassurance that they are doing everything they can to be safe from cyber-attacks. More insights, more leadership, and much more initiative will be needed for the coming months.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated a widespread weakness in enterprise security practices and has shaken the very foundations of the cybersecurity industry. It’s time to take stock, and rebrand.