While the entire world is struggling with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many nations have implemented strict measures such as practicing social distancing and asking their citizens to stay at home as much as possible. And as a result, people have shifted to online means just to continue working and to stay connected with each other.
With this in mind, cybercriminals see this transition as an opportunity to exploit the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of companies and individuals who are doing their best to survive the economic and social implications of the health crisis. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has already warned everybody about the possible rise of cyber-exploitation during COVID-19 as cybercriminals will definitely capitalize on the panic just to proceed with their insidious activities.
So how can you fortify digital security and adapt to the current situation of social distancing and uncertainty?
If you’re interested to know more, then we invite you to continue reading as we will provide some ways of reinforcing cyber resilience during the coronavirus outbreak in today’s blog post.
Secure Devices And Practice Network Visibility
For most organizations, the likelihood of going back to in-office work may not likely happen, at least in the next few weeks. So this means their workforce will still follow a work-from-home setting until such time that the threat of COVID-19 will be eliminated. Therefore, network monitoring protocols of the company should be adjusted to prevent being left in the dark while facilitating a remote work situation.
Likewise, IT personnel should also expand their threat hunting endeavors to uncover security gaps that might be compromised in today’s environment by practicing red teaming, ethical hacking, and penetration testing.
Adapt Ransomware Defense Playbook
Stopping cyber threats from compromising the system may be the main priority, but organizational IT teams must also know how to react in the event of a cyber-attack. And this can be done by adapting the company’s Ransomware Defense Playbook to the existing work-from-home environment.
To be specific, taking simple measures like collecting contact details and backup numbers of key persons is crucial for reinforcing cyber resilience during the coronavirus outbreak. Aside from that, outlining topics about paying for a proposed ransom, the legal team’s responsibilities in counseling and mitigation, and how to engage with the legal team and key players remotely should also be included in the Ransomware Defense Playbook.
Maintaining Employee Engagement
And when reinforcing cyber resilience during the coronavirus outbreak your organization should also be able to maintain a healthy engagement with your employees.
It’s no secret that we are living in uncertain times. And the situation can actually cause the workforce in general to feel stressed, which can also create a vulnerability of being attacked by cybercriminals – intentional or otherwise. So it’s essential for the IT department of your enterprise to educate employees about the importance of being extra careful when handling remote work.
In addition, IT professionals should also work hand-in-hand with company leaders in making organizational adjustments as well as charting system upgrades that will empower the entire organization to be more secure and agile today and in the future.
Enrolling in a cybersecurity bootcamp can also help your employees to know about these security vulnerabilities and the things you need to prevent it.