5 principles for effective cybersecurity leadership in a post-COVID world

The European Sting

World Economic Forum

As more people are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity operations are facing tremendous new challenges.

Cybersecurity leaders, particularly Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), must take stronger and more strategic leadership roles within their businesses during the crisis.

Five cybersecurity leadership principles would ensure effective business continuity in the “new normal.”

COVID-19 is forcing business leaders to adapt operating models faster than ever before to ensure existential survival. The large-scale adoption of work-from-home technologies, exponentially greater use of cloud services and explosion of connectivity allow companies to continue operations even with social distancing and “stay at home” orders.

However, the paradigm shift is putting immense pressure on cybersecurity operations. As organizations are making extraordinary efforts to protect their workers and serve their customers during the pandemic, exposure to cyberthreats is increasing significantly.

Cybersecurity operations are facing tremendous challenges:

Working from home has opened multiple vectors for cyberattacks through the heightened dependency on personal devices and home networks.

Social engineering tactics are even more effective on a distracted and vulnerable workforce.

Security Operations Centers (SOCs) have been...

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