If you're struggling to get buy-in from your board on the cyber security investments you need to make, it may be time to adopt a cost-benefit analysis approach, says Phil Atkin, sales director - cyber security at Six Degrees
"If there's one thing you can be sure of when it comes to cyber security, it's that you can never be sure of anything. The cyber security landscape has never been more hostile or complex, and changes to the working world brought about by COVID-19 have introduced risks that all organisations need to mitigate.
The hybrid working world of 2021 looks very different to the office-centric world we left in 2020, and technology has been instrumental in facilitating our new hybrid working lives. But as our working patterns have changed, so have the threat vectors through which hackers can target us to launch damaging cyber attacks..."
Organizations need to add layers of security to defend against ever-increasing cyberattacks
"You've likely heard of software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and numerous other 'as-a-service' platforms that help support the modern business world. What you may not realize is that cybercriminals often use the same business concepts and service models in their own organizations as regular, non-criminal enterprises. While this may have started several years ago, the tactic has continued to grow with today's criminals taking advantage of easy-to-access solutions..."
Cloud migrations need better security - automation and metrics are needed
"As you move your applications into the cloud, your approach to security will have to follow. You will be in good company - Gartner has forecast that worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services will grow 23.1 percent in 2021 to $332.3 billion, up from $270 billion in 2020. Cloud security spending will increase alongside this, with just over $16 billion to be spent as part of this shift.
For security teams, keeping track of all these cloud services, applications and data will require some changes. While the traditional security model based on perimeter security still has some validity, the tools and techniques that worked for on-premises IT are no longer fit for purpose. There are a few reasons for this..."
With Covid-19 restrictions easing, offices are welcoming back remote workers this summer, bringing with them their notebooks and mobiles, and creating an endpoint management headache for CISOs
"What do security teams need to account for to protect their returning office workers?
The start of home working at the beginning of lockdown caused several logistical and security problems with the roll-out of more VPN endpoints and additional security measures for home workers.
Although the expected full relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions has been pushed back from 21 June to 19 July in England, there has been a trickle of people going back into the office, either part or full time, which could turn into a flood if government recommendations to work from home if possible are rescinded. On the face of it, this should not cause a problem, but there may be a few things to watch out for..."
It's no secret that 2020 was tough for the business world. On top of a sudden jump into remote work arrangements, many businesses found themselves battling more cyberattacks than usual.
"With companies having to make adjustments for employees to work from home, many businesses' networks were left vulnerable to hackers. These risks were further heightened due to many companies having insufficient security measures in place. Even in 2021, businesses of all sizes are far too lax with their security protocols. Outdated software, deficient security measures, and even no security measures AT ALL have contributed to catastrophic financial losses. In 2020 alone, cybercrimes cost businesses around the globe $1 trillion..."
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