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Cybersecurity Risks in the Post Pandemic and How to Tackle Them

The Post COVID-19 Pandemic has changed how businesses operate. As most of the organizations have shifted their operations to remote work and online since the lockdown, and many of them have to revamp their digital and IT infrastructure in order to cope with the current situation. Thus, this created risks and vulnerabilities to the organizations which adopted digital policies hastily.  

Research by Gartner indicates that a majority of legal and compliance leaders believe the pandemic has increased the risk of cybersecurity incidents and data breaches and many IT enterprises often lag behind in complying with cybersecurity rules and regulations. For example, at many major companies, employees frequently access work data from their personal devices, which may not be secure.

Possible security risks

Cybersecurity Concerns Related to Remote Work
Employees need to access business applications and data. Consciously or unconsciously, employees may risk exposing critical data by using unsecured networks or unapproved devices to access the data. Companies realized the importance to secure and protect remote access to enterprise resources. Security pros must consider deploying VPN clients as a way to allow remote employees to privately access enterprise applications and systems.

Unsecured Business Tools
Remote employees require digital tools to remain productivity at home, including email, office productivity tools, and video conferencing software. They may be exposed to new vulnerabilities so they must recognize COVID-19 themed email scams, fraud, and phishing attacks, and report them to IT admins right away. 

Employees Working on Unapproved Devices/Flawed BYOD Policies
Organizations which allowed their employees to work on their own devices must comply with proper protocols to monitor and safeguard business data on those devices. Ensure only approved employee-owned devices can access corporate data by implementing a BYOD policy with mobile device management (MDM) solution which can secure corporate data, separating personal and professional data without infringing on any personal component of an employee device.

Threats underneath Perimeters
Nowadays, the perimeters have dissolved and traditional security frameworks will no longer function the way they used to, enterprise data is at risk. Threat actors continue to target devices that are not updated. Cybercriminals exploit careless employee behaviour during the pandemic through social engineering, they target employees to compromise business emails. Therefore, the organizations must implement capabilities to identify unauthorized activity on business devices, employ strict password policies, and secure mobile device browsers. 

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