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Security Lessons We've Learned (So Far) from COVID-19

Takeaways about fighting new fires, securely enabling remote workforces, and human nature during difficult times.
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Quick Fixes May Cause More Problems
 
Malcolm Harkins, CISO advisory board at Awake Security: 'In just the last couple weeks, I've had dozens of dialogues with organizations looking to secure remote workforces at a scale that would have seemed impossible before. One business, for example, wanted to grow their remote workforce by 50% -- thousands of people -- 'by Monday,' less than a week later. Not only is this going to massively expand organizations' attack surfaces as people begin connecting to the network from a wide array of potentially 'polluted' home environments, but it's also coming at a time when purse strings and IT budgets are tightening due to revenue implications also presented by the virus. 
 
'The predicament here is that growing remote workforces while simultaneously cutting security and IT spending is, for most businesses, just addressing one issue by making another one worse. Cutting corners can lead to a critical breach that would actually topple the business, rather than just wounding it.' 
Image: Awake Security

Quick Fixes May Cause More Problems

Malcolm Harkins, CISO advisory board at Awake Security: "In just the last couple weeks, I've had dozens of dialogues with organizations looking to secure remote workforces at a scale that would have seemed impossible before. One business, for example, wanted to grow their remote workforce by 50% -- thousands of people -- 'by Monday,' less than a week later. Not only is this going to massively expand organizations' attack surfaces as people begin connecting to the network from a wide array of potentially 'polluted' home environments, but it's also coming at a time when purse strings and IT budgets are tightening due to revenue implications also presented by the virus.

"The predicament here is that growing remote workforces while simultaneously cutting security and IT spending is, for most businesses, just addressing one issue by making another one worse. Cutting corners can lead to a critical breach that would actually topple the business, rather than just wounding it."

Image: Awake Security

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