Digital Security in a COVID-19 World

No one has expected 2020 to be this kind of year. The COVID-19 pandemic has caught us off-guard and made us extra cautious on how we do things and interact with people to avoid getting infected and passing it on. However, from a business perspective, it’s not just our employees’ health and welfare that we should be taking care of.

Cybercrime, cyber espionage, or hacktivism are just like COVID-19, you are not sure when these will strike and they are a threat to your business. And now that a lot of businesses have started to remote work, your employees are more vulnerable than ever.

There are probably a lot of businesses that were not aware of these digital threats when COVID-19 pandemic struck. However, as mentioned earlier, these are unseen threats that can change everything overnight especially on your employees’ computer while working remotely. To prevent this from happening, you still need a reliable security team, may it be in-house or through an IT support company.

While your security team may be aware of these threats and how they are activated, you still need to educate your employees who are working remotely. They need to know that vulnerabilities come from phishing campaigns, discontinuity of information security operations, and long-term financial constraints. It is highly suggested for your company to work on business continuity plans (BCP) when this occurs. Your BCP should include securing and monitoring your information and improving your response time while operating under quarantine conditions. You may also implement safe practices on your employees’ home routers and havin a virtual private network (VPN) on top of your priorities. Many companies still need help when working on their BCP, especially SMEs. Good thing a number of companies, who offer managed IT services, are out there to help them to put this in place and manage it.

With this, we’d like to give you some tips on how you can help your security team improve your company’s digital security:

  1. Send out guidelines to your employees on the things they need to watch out.
  2. Install VPN on your employees’ devices.
  3. Start improving your company’s security measures despite the pandemic.
  4. Partner up with IT support companies who can help you further enhance your security as this is one of their specialties.

It is essential to keep your data safe as it continues to be considered as a high-value commodity. If you want to know more on how you can improve your company’s security, you may reach out to CMSIT, an IT support company in Sydney, Australia.