Security is an intrinsic element of Digital Transformation, a path that has been accelerated by the pandemic. Organisations have had to adapt overnight to teleworking and cybercriminals have found their opportunity. Attacks have increased, on many occasions using fear, alarm, and the willingness of users to stay informed about Covid-19.
A study by the Mckinsey Global Institute shows that the shift towards telecommuting has amplified cybersecurity risks, such as workers accessing insecure data without VPN software, and physical and psychological stressors that often lead employees to circumvent controls and make risky decisions to complete their tasks.
So, what can you do to curb security breaches? Experts are clear that teleworking is a trend that will continue and that it involves a significant number of people, devices, and data outside the traditional scope of the company. You can only cross the bridge over this abyss with security that is flexible, ubiquitous, and always available.
It’s time to protect your business — establish the necessary safeguards to fuel your growth, increase employee productivity, and ensure business continuity. The coronavirus is a perfect storm in cyberspace. The rise in hackers and misinformation can do a lot of damage to companies that have their resilience tested daily. Don’t forget that cyberattacks are one of the most serious risks facing humanity.
You’re aware that these crimes are happening, but you don’t apply the necessary prevention measures; a contradiction that leaves the door open to crimes that break computer systems and steal confidential information that can kill your business in seconds.
It is true that all systems are designed to protect, but when they have progressive growth. Nowadays, leisure and education are added to telework. For teams that have increased their exposure it is therefore time to think about how the new needs will be managed in the future.
It is not the time to repeat the mistakes of a few weeks ago when, taking advantage of the confusion created by mass teleworking and the difficulties in patching the terminals connected remotely, attacks went from a few hundred thousand per day to close to a million or more in countries like Spain and the United States, according to Kaspersky.
Cyberattacks are a constant threat, to the point of being the biggest global strategic risk factor for most managers of multinationals, as reflected in a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the foundation that manages and organises the Davos summit. The data is not promising. Without going any further, hackers caused losses of 2.2 million dollars in 2019. In addition, according to data from a consultancy in the sector, an attack occurs every 39 seconds, at a rate of 2,244 times a day, which raises the fear of those responsible for the companies. 71% of the security breaches opened by hackers go for financial blackmail, while 25% are due to industrial espionage.