Maintaining best practice during COVID-19 and beyond
The restrictions around the globe, however temporary, are forcing us all to adapt to new ways of working and communicating with staff, students, customers and other internal and external parties. To meet this challenge, where no precedent has been set, and a reliance on a Business Continuity and Cyber Security Plans may or may not stand up, is changing practices, bringing innovation at great speed and a reliance of working remotely and online deliverables – whether citizen services, child education, online services or more.
However, while technology can be an enabler, it also brings with it, both attack and defense requirements as organisations adjust. Gone is the panic rollout. Now is the time to review, cement and align our new strategies around information governance and security. If you do not, you leave yourself open to the boom in cyber criminals who now, more than ever, have an open field to penetrate vulnerabilities that could render you with financial losses and loss of key services for those you serve.
The challenge now, is closing the gaps, reaping the existing controls within your technology estate and having robust policies and procedures to ensure everyone understands their part during this time – eliminating vulnerabilities and reducing risks.