Managing Cyber-Security in COVID 19
For tackling Cyber-Security breaches, the Organizations must employ strategies that amplify the resonance of the existing Cyber-Security system.
With the outbreak of COVID 19, to practice social distancing and curb the spread of the coronavirus, most of the organizations have shifted to working remotely. As employees are working remotely, the organizations now fear a breach in the cybersecurity network. Even before the COVID 19 outbreak capitulated the world, one of the major concerns amongst organizations was cyber-security.
In 2019, for the first six months, 6.2 million complaints of cyber malware were recorded. In October 2019, the world economic forum had listed cyberattacks to be amongst the world’s immediate concern.
This was when the situation was normal, and organizations did not opt to work remotely. Now, as the world has changed, so does the priorities of the organizations. The priorities that institutions and organizations were planning to employ last year or this year have now changed.
A survey conducted by Hitachi to understand the priorities of organizations in the COVID-19 world, included 131 high-level IT executives state that 89% of those surveyed are having the maintenance of cybersecurity as the top priority, 72% mentioned cybersecurity to be a long term goal, 86% are looking to improve security standards, 80% want to make their technology more flexible, and 75% are hoping to keep their infrastructure.
So how can an organization manage to keep its cybersecurity intact while working remotely?
Increased Responsibility of CISO
For Chief Intelligence Security Officers (CISO), the task to survey the internal security system has become daunting. However, having a strategical approach towards surveying the internal security and data centers would solve this problem.
- Focusing on areas critical to operations– These includes areas that are essential for maintaining security operations, mitigating risks of remote data, and multifactor authenticator.
- Testing the plans for risk management- Most of the organizations already deploy strategies for cybersecurity. Hence, it becomes imperative for organizations to test out their security-module to check whether that strategy is showing the desired results or not. If the organizations do not have an existing plan to tackle cyber-security, then they must organize to plan out one. Creating adequate, efficient, and effective plans provide an edge over hackers and cyber-security criminals.
- Monitoring the Internal Data- Analyzing the voluminous amount of internal data of employees who are working remotely, can be a daunting task for the cybersecurity team. However, a balanced strategy can outsmart the possible cyber infringement threatening the system. This can be done by monitoring collaboration tools, existing networks, and employees’ endpoint for catching data infringement.
Analyzing the Existing Areas
Augmenting the problem in the current/existing cyber-security would enable the organizations to recognize the abnormal pattern within the security-module. This will also enhance the detection of unclassified data and will reform the data classification according to priorities and vulnerabilities.
Prioritizing areas for segregating Vulnerable Points
The organization receives a plethora of data from various sources, that usually veneers the snags that can cause possible cyber damage. Identifying the areas that are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks by automating cybersecurity with AI would minimize the risk of cyber invasion. This can be done by segregating the vulnerable points in the cybersecurity network.
Making Zero Touch Architecture
As cybersecurity experts are looking out for ways that can make the security system smart, the hackers are becoming more resilient to breach that. Zero Touch Architecture is a system designed to outwit hackers. It protects by stopping the security breach when a user is connecting to the data center of a particular device.