Securing your organisation in the ‘new normal’
The nature of how we work is constantly evolving, most recently with the global pandemic and the changes that were needed to help tackle COVID-19.
Highly interactive environments are now rapidly becoming the ‘new-normal’ across all organisations – as our networks, once confined by clear boundaries, are pushed outward to support home/remote working practices and secure strategies for working away from the office environment.
How we do business has not fundamentally changed, but how we share information certainly has, with the use of collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Teams and other rapidly deployed platforms.
The attack surface of an organisation has grown exponentially with The World Economic Forum recently reporting that the “demand for information on the new virus, accompanied by fear, confusion and even the boredom of confinement, has multiplied opportunities for cyber criminals to deliver malware, ransomware and phishing scams.” So, how do we ensure that we remain secure?
Securing your networks
Having 24/7 visibility across your network is vital. As a result of using the right technology for cyber security, managing your network can become easier allowing you to see all endpoints, address the most vulnerable areas and detect threats in real-time. The difficulty comes in managing these technologies. Deterring today’s threat landscape is a 24/7 task and most breaches occur outside of regular office times. If you aren’t running a 24/7 security operation, you’re putting your IT estate at risk.
You should also be aware that your organisation’s network also includes your supply chain. To secure your organisation’s future, you need to be able to trust your suppliers. It is important to assess those in your supply chain, ensuring your technical and supplier networks are secure will ensure your operations aren’t disrupted.
Where possible, organisations have moved to remote working, or at the very least, distanced working and technology has been the biggest enabler of this. Looking to the future there are strong indicators that organisations will have many employees working from home permanently. The course of the past few months has drawn attention to the technical skills and training of workforces. Now, more than ever, the ‘people’ element of security is vital to maintaining a strong posture. Threat management and constant vigilance are key for ensuring cyber security in this situation.