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Cyber Security in the Age of the Coronavirus

PREVIEW:

Early in 2020, a global pandemic caused by the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 altered the lives of people forever. Once thriving organizations were suddenly paralyzed, and they’re seeking ways to recover. Although the effects will be felt for years to come, there is light at the end of this very dark tunnel.
In this paper, we provide perspectives and possibilities as we move forward. It should not be forgotten that cyber security investments have and will continue to pay off for organizations. We offer cybersecurity tips for you to consider as your organization reaches its new normal.

The world has changed. The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our entire working culture. A recent survey indicates
that 95% of security professionals are facing added IT security challenges due to the coronavirus. The shifts were global, rapid, and widespread, including the following:

Remote work as the new norm—country-mandated lockdowns (different terms describe this depending on the country e.g. shelter in place, isolation etc.) accelerated the transition of
employees to work from home, allowing them to access corporate resources through secure access (e.g. VPN). At Check Point Software, for example, in just two weeks, 99% of the organization moved to home offices, for the first time in our history. And this was not a rare example. When asked about this “new normal,” 78% of our employees reported that their productivity was the same or even higher. In a recent Gartner CFO survey, 74% of companies said they intend to shift
employees to work from home permanently. The first company to implement this was Facebook, announcing it will permanently shift 50% of its employees to remote work. It appears this ‘new normal’ is here to stay…