Three Challenges that CISOs May Face in the Post-Pandemic Business Landscape

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Many enterprises expect to thrive in the post-pandemic world by undertaking transformative initiatives. However, the new initiatives launched by organizations to achieve their objectives will present CISOs with a new set of security challenges.

Organizations across the enterprise landscape are preparing to step up their game in the post-pandemic world. With new product and service launches and expansion plans, organizations are looking forward to strengthening their position in the marketplace. But, new initiatives will inevitably bring new challenges. CISOs, who had to deal with the cybersecurity challenges as a result of the rapid adoption of digital transformation, must now tighten their belts in preparation for the challenges that will emerge in the post-pandemic period.

With most security professionals feeling anxious or exhausted due to the reconfiguration of workplaces, employee health considerations, as well as rise in the number of cyber threats, CISOs should expect to face a new set of challenges. Here are a few security challenges they should expect to face in the post-pandemic world:

Work-life balance

Given that security and IT professionals are constantly working to keep their organization’s business afloat, CISOs should expect that such levels of uncertainty will not be for acceptable to their employees in the long term. Most security professionals, according to experts, have confessed to a burnt out.

Even the most talented staff will not be of much use to the company if they are continually anxious. Hence, CISOs should establish a strong foundation for the work-life balance of their security teams. By constantly engaging with them and taking initiatives to alleviate their pressure can be a huge boost for the security professionals’ confidence in their organization.

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Flexible working environment

Even though employees are returning to the offices, the workplace will not be the same as before. Organizations across all industries will have to plan for social distancing, sanitary surroundings, and much more now that employee health has risen to the top of their priority list.

Furthermore, the hybrid work model will only get more complex, giving rise to new cybersecurity challenges. Therefore, CISOs need to frequently engage with their peers to understand the workflows of various departments and measures they can have in place to address these security challenges.

Collecting and protecting health data

Alongside configuring the office environment for accommodating best health practices, it has become crucial for enterprises to collect the health information of their employees. This collection of health information will require a new level of security protection and privacy practices that CISOs will need to incorporate in their jobs.

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Health information, which has previously been considered private, must now be incorporated into the enterprise database for the long term. However, it also increases the employees’ privacy and security risks since the enterprise will store information permanently and that may create issues around privacy regulations. Hence, CISOs must guarantee that the data their company collects complies with federal rules that also apply to health-care data.

As organizations prepare for the post-pandemic world, their promising initiatives also create new sets of complexities for the security team. By constantly consulting their counterparts, CISOs can better understand their workflows that will enable them to better prepare for the security challenges that are expected to come their way.

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