With the COVID 19 pandemic meaning a transition from bricks and mortar offices to virtual workspaces almost overnight, there can be little doubt there has been an accelerated pace of digital change, an experience reported by many at our virtual networking events.
Whilst this accelerated change for many has been a welcome, if challenging, side effect of the pandemic, it has led to other risk factors for businesses, including the increase of cyber attacks. This new situation requires those working within cyber security to secure the new working practices put in place to safeguard staff and maintain customer continuity, whilst protecting the organisation from those looking to exploit this new and unfamiliar situation.
As we begin to emerge from lockdown and transition into our new ways of working, businesses across the globe are looking at what this new reality will look like in the coming weeks, months, and years, and considering what is required to protect themselves from vulnerabilities.
The World Economic Forum on Cyber Security in conjunction with KPMG has produced a paper for cyber security professionals outlining the five principles that will help those working in cyber security prepare for the new normal. These principles are outlined below. More information can be found here.
- Foster a culture of cyber resilience
- Focus on protecting critical capabilities and services
- Balance risk-informed decisions during the crisis and beyond
- Update and practice your response and business continuity plans
- Strengthen ecosystem-wide collaboration