This is a good article by Sarah Murray and Lucy Hall from Stevens and Bolton who talk of the ever-increasing rates of cyber crime which have soared since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our experience here at Alverez and Marsal also validates this; put bluntly cyber risk is increasing.
As ever it is very important for organisations to be ever vigilant, especially as working habits are changing with more and more people working from home due to the pandemic.
Here are my three key tips on what can be done to improve #cybersecurity safety during COVID-19:
- VPN technology: Consider limiting access to company systems holding sensitive information when connected to public Wi-Fi or unknown networks.
- Use of personal devices: As employees bring work devices (e.g. laptop, external hdd, USB stick etc.) home, remind them that these should not be connected or shared with personal devices or be used by anyone else at home.
- Policy and procedures: If you have not already reviewed it recently then this is the time to review your current IT, information security policy and business continuity plans to determine if there are established guidelines and secure technology to enable remote working without business interruption.
It has been well documented that the ever-increasing rates of cyber crime have soared since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.