Five cyber-security lessons learned from the pandemic

Compliance Week

David Kessler

When the Spanish flu pandemic happened more than a hundred years ago, the modern concepts of computing and cyber-security didn’t exist.

Fast forward to today. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated a remote working culture that started when high-speed internet became available at home and in coffee shops. It’s now obvious that many more jobs can be done remotely than previously thought. COVID-19 also accelerated distance learning and telehealth services. Compliance policies written for the workplace, the classroom, and the doctor’s office will need to be rewritten to reflect this new remote reality. What follows are five ways any organization can improve its cyber-security compliance.

1. Don’t take the bait

Phishing remains a popular—and effective—technique for attackers. It is an attempt to steal credentials and obtain sensitive information, often by an e-mail message containing a link to a seemingly legitimate Website. Phishing is the top threat action used in cyber-security breaches, according to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report. To combat phishing, employees should know how official communications will be sent, treat unknown e-mails and links as suspicious, and have an easy way to alert their IT security team.

2. Improve cyber-security training...

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