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7 Security Strategies as Employees Return to the Office

More sooner than later, employees will be making their way back to the office. Here's how security pros can plan for the next new normal.
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Watch Out for Intrusions With Long Dwell Times
While security teams should expect an immediate uptick in support calls as infected devices attempt to connect directly to the corporate network, John Morgan, CEO of Confluera, says security pros must also be on the watch out for attacks that simmer slowly and travel under the radar. 
It takes more than six months for a typical organization to detect and respond to modern cyberattacks, Morgan points out. Once an attacker gains access into a corporate device or network, they are in no hurry to navigate from server to server looking for their catch, as such actions could alert the attention of IT and security analysts. Instead, they will take small, benign-looking steps, lying dormant for weeks or months in between. IT and security analysts often do not have the tools to correlate various weak signals to make sense of an attack in progress. Neither can they correlate events that occur weeks or even months apart. This gap in security coverage should concern organizations.
'There will surely be a surge in security-related issues as employees return to the office,' Morgan says. 'Organizations need to be even more vigilant after the surge subsides as hackers have now gained a foothold in the corporate network and are traversing laterally under the covers.'
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Watch Out for Intrusions With Long Dwell Times

While security teams should expect an immediate uptick in support calls as infected devices attempt to connect directly to the corporate network, John Morgan, CEO of Confluera, says security pros must also be on the watch out for attacks that simmer slowly and travel under the radar.

It takes more than six months for a typical organization to detect and respond to modern cyberattacks, Morgan points out. Once an attacker gains access into a corporate device or network, they are in no hurry to navigate from server to server looking for their catch, as such actions could alert the attention of IT and security analysts. Instead, they will take small, benign-looking steps, lying dormant for weeks or months in between. IT and security analysts often do not have the tools to correlate various weak signals to make sense of an attack in progress. Neither can they correlate events that occur weeks or even months apart. This gap in security coverage should concern organizations.

"There will surely be a surge in security-related issues as employees return to the office," Morgan says. "Organizations need to be even more vigilant after the surge subsides as hackers have now gained a foothold in the corporate network and are traversing laterally under the covers."

Image Source: Adobe Stock: knowhowfootage

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