In 2020, digital transformation projects that previously took years and months were completed in just a few weeks or days as employees are forced to go remote. In doing so, cybersecurity is more important than ever facing cyber threats.
The use of cloud applications has grown dramatically, and they all need protection. According to a recent report from McAfee Labs, the number of cyber threats targeting cloud services has increased by 630%. These three steps will help the company to protect itself.
Look for possible vulnerabilities and fix them before damage is done
It looks like we will be working in remote or hybrid mode for a long time, so data will move between a large number of devices.
- Office servers and corporate hardware are not the only cyber threats to security. But also, personal IoT devices, routers or even open access points.
- Data leaks can occur through unauthorized programs or devices that are difficult to track down. Telecommuting is becoming more than just a temporary solution, and IT departments must constantly review security policies.
- To speed up the user experience during the transition to remote mode, organizations are beginning to implement hybrid networks. This allows employees to access cloud SaaS applications directly without connecting to corporate VPNs. Disregarding data protection for cloud SaaS applications can lead to a violation of personal data protection laws.
Take a zero-trust approach
The traditional approach to cybersecurity is to create tools to defend against cyber threats from the outside. It assumes trust in all users. However, as cloud technology proliferates, it becomes more difficult to secure data as it is distributed across different applications.
- The zero-trust approach assumes that attackers can also be inside the system, so any request for data must be authenticated. By reducing the amount of data available to each employee, you can reduce the likelihood of a phishing attack being successful.
- It is also possible to divide networks into micro-segments, which require separate authentication to access. This ensures that cyber threats remain within one segment, and cannot access other data or affect other segments of the network.
Use technology to fight threats
The most dangerous cyber threats are not those that have been identified, but those that are yet to be discovered. As technology becomes an integral part of the business, prevention is quickly becoming more important than cure, and the same is true for cybersecurity.
Companies need to be able to leverage modern technologies to defend against external attacks, such as AI and big data tools that can analyze threats, identify malicious codes, and protect against virus attacks. IT teams are responsible for an increasing number of objects, and automation is indispensable in the face of a massive shift to remote work.
“Cybersecurity is not a budget item that is worth saving on now.
Despite the fact that we have been working in the new mode for several months now, this is only the beginning of a global transition to hybrid and remote work. In the course of digital transformation, companies must regularly take stock and assess how new solutions are meeting their needs.