The New normal working from home environment can present a great strain on infrastructure and a great opportunity for increased activity from cybercriminals. We must ensure that this crisis situation does not lead to digital (or cyber) disaster.  In this toolkit we share what we are seeing as the greatest challenges and solutions that can be implemented to ensure security posture is maintained while the system may be under stress.

The work paradigm has shifted...

More Endpoints to Protect

Each user’s home network is now part of the corporate attack surface and could be used as a vector to launch attacks.

Work from home adds complexity

Users are now being distracted by home issues and stress from the pandemic.  This can lead to users making “bad” decisions regarding phishing campaigns.

Higher use of “new” cloud services

Users could begin to “solve” their own challenges by leveraging cloud-based tools which are out of the control of the IT and security groups and could create risks to corporate assets

Increased Technical Support Issues

Increased complexity of troubleshooting technical issues as most users are not “tech-savvy” and their home network and technology support must be performed remotely.

Increased Video Conference Usage

Business users are now relying on video conference solutions to conduct business.  The demands on these services will become a constraint and potentially an availability risk.

Increased Issues with time management

Users are working different and shifted hours due to reduced commutes, homeschooling, etc.  This can require different staffing models for support and security monitoring.

Tools for IT and InfoSec Teams

Conference call management

Security Intel Monitoring

Telework Policies

User Training and Ongoing Communication

Partnering with the Business

Good Hygiene Practices

Performance Monitoring

End Point Protection

User Defense Strategies

Use MFA Everywhere

Secure your Wifi

Limit Access to Devices
Be alert to attacks
Coordinate with IT