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4 Tips for a CIO to Maintain Cybersecurity During COVID-19

09.14.2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed organizations’ cybersecurity landscapes. At the onset of the pandemic, many organizations were pleasantly surprised at how rapidly their workforce transitioned to working remotely. However, this decentralized work-from-home environment has created increased risks. A company’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) is tackling new cybersecurity challenges.

Here are four best practices for a CIO or other security leader to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure your workforce still undergoes security awareness training. Email phishing, text phishing and voicemail phishing are popular tactics right now for attackers to gain valuable information, such as username and password to access email accounts.
  2. Consider implementing multifactor authentication, if it hasn’t been done already. This helps prevent stolen passwords from being used in your environment and adds another layer of security to your network.
  3. Look into independent security assessments like vulnerability scanning or penetration testing to reveal security vulnerabilities and threats you have in your environment.
  4. Refresh your incident response plan. If you were to have a security incident, make sure you have the right contact info and a call tree in case some members are not available. Have some sort of out-of-band communication option, too, such as cell phones or an external chat application.

For more information about cybersecurity considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

To discuss your organization’s cybersecurity strategy, contact Bill Gogel, Advisory Manager, at 314.983.1363 or bgogel@bswllc.com.

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