The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly had a devastating impact on countless UK businesses - offices stand empty and some industries lay in ruins. However, with support, many have been able to adapt to the circumstances e.g. transitioning their operations to remote working. Despite this, there is a cybersecurity ticking time bomb that no one is talking about.
As the UK is starting to imagine and plan life after lockdown, the cybercriminals are waiting on the sidelines to strike. Adapting to remote working with innovative technologies is essentially a double-edged sword, as they have helped to keep so many businesses operating but many technologies/softwares can also leave some open doors for cybercriminals to exploit.
So, the big question is: how can businesses avoid being victims of cybercrime after lockdown?
Take stock of what's on your network:
It can be a scary business facing up to the reality of cybercriminals wanting to attack your organisation at any time, but not all is lost. Knowing where the threats could be is a huge part of being able to then prevent the attacks from happening.
Generally, businesses can know what devices are connected to their networks, but with trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) on the rise, most corporate networks contain at least 30 per cent more devices than IT teams are aware of. This leaves open countless routes for cybercriminals to exploit, ultimately compromising sensitive data. Unless organisations assess the risks of every single device and have full visibility, whether that be a work or personal device, there will always be open routes for cybercriminals to exploit.
Zero Trust Policies establish minium security requirements that devices must meet in order to be connected to the corporate network. This is a great way to gain full visibility of all devices within your corporate network and ensure complete cyber security.
Learn from global quarantine efforts:
Self-isolating to avoid cross-contamination is just as effective in cybersecurity as it is virology. If a network is segmented into independent parts it prevents cybercriminals from being able to move through an organisation's network - i.e. if one segment of the network is breached, the others will still remain secure.
Furthermore, businesses can also consider using a "decontamination zone" to properly integrate devices that previously left the corporate network but are wanting to rejoin. These devices can be properly assessed for all cybersecurity measures, avoiding leaving open routes for cybercriminals to exploit.
Keep fighting back:
Tens of thousands of cyberattacks on UK businesses happen every single day, which has sadly made them a part of many organisation's daily operations. Unfortunately, cybercrime is expected to rise after lockdown is fully over, so there is no better time than now to invest time and resources into your business's cybersecurity.
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