What Now? Securing your Business Post-Pandemic

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The Reality: Accelerating your Digital Transformation

The impact of COVID-19 has been seen in nearly every industry and every business as we’ve been forced to adapt to a new normal - both in terms of process and behavior. For good or for bad, our priorities have had to change, resulting in the implementation and execution of plans with less forethought and more speed than ever before. These plans inevitably include moving towards a digital transformation, whether you planned for it or not, as it is now considered a critical facet to do business. Engaging with customers online, selling virtually, and working from home are just a few of these digital transformation initiatives that most companies have had to partake in to sustain business.

Securing your Business Post-Pandemic.pngAs organizations continue to move swiftly into the digital world, unfortunately, they are left with gaps in security coverage while bad actors undoubtedly attempt to take advantage of these new vulnerabilities. So, what can you do about this? How can you identify and secure your business as you shift gears to digital? Here are a few key areas you should focus on.

Secure your Remote Workforce

Your employees are critical to keep your business running smoothly, but they can also be your biggest vulnerability when it comes to cybersecurity. Due to COVID-19, approximately 4.7M Canadians who do not usually work from home are now doing so, and this trend is only being echoed across the globe as businesses respond to the Coronavirus. Without proper preparation for such an intensive change, organizations are left playing catch-up to secure their newly remote workforce and mitigate evolving threats. Leveraging the cloud to hone in on endpoints is becoming increasingly important in these changing times to ensure flexibility in security operations. With this, endpoint vendors like CrowdStrike are working alongside analytics platforms such as Interset to identify risky employees during the pandemic. At the end of the day, businesses need to look at improving their employees’ security hygiene remotely, securing the endpoint, monitoring the risky behaviors of employees and their devices, and ensuring their tools and processes prioritize agility over anything else.

Mitigate Shadow IT

A business’ ability to adapt and act with agility is crucial when attempting to mitigate vulnerabilities, this especially includes shadow IT. Now that the attack surface has changed due to digital transformations, there are more, and less-known gaps in enterprises’ security coverage which hackers will certainly try to take advantage of when given the opportunity. This means that agility is key to prevent threats and mitigate shadow IT. To do this, organizations should adopt agile tools, align their LOB and cybersecurity, and focus on newly risky behaviors to identify these unknown vulnerabilities.

Cover as Much as you Can, as Frequently as you Can

As said before, the face-paced move to digital transformations has clearly caused many gaps in organizations’ current security coverage as well as their ability to identify and remediate against new and evolving COVID-based threats. The talent gap is more prominent than ever for SOCs and security teams today as these threats grow while the amount of security personnel remain the same. To combat this, enterprises can enable certain tools and offerings which act as force multipliers to support the immediate response of security teams to this new attack surface. Technology like unsupervised machine learning, real-time correlation, and automated remediation are some of the tools which can help cover the unknown gaps that are popping up within an organization, thus making the lives of our SOC personnel much easier. In addition, using the power of external threat hunters can help ensure that your security team is not missing anything which may go unseen, and they can help improve your overall security posture with industry expertise.

In closing, although COVID-19 has forced us to turn to digital transformations faster than ever before, and vulnerabilities are being derived from such efforts, there are measures that can be taken to secure your business in a post-pandemic world.

Want to discover more? Join the upcoming webcast, Securing a Post-Pandemic World, with Interset CTO, Stephan Jou, ISA Executive VP, Enza Alexander, and IDC Research Manager for security and infrastructure, Kevin Lonergan as they share their thoughts and insights on how you can secure your business after the pandemic ends. If you want to view it on-demand, fill out the form to get the link to the recording.