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COVID-19 Creates More Cybersecurity Risk for Businesses and Organizations

COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation for many businesses and organizations. An aspect of digital transformation is remote work. Employees surprised employers, and perhaps many CIOs, when they quickly transitioned from working in an office to working from home at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

The rapid transition employers and employees made from working in a centralized office space to working in decentralized home environments is nothing short of an operational marvel. This was a necessary pivot that may have left little time for CIOs to consider the short and long-term cybersecurity strategy implications of remote work.

Many business leaders have announced that their workforces won’t be required to return to the office before 2021. Google, for example, announced that employees won’t be asked to return to the office until July 2021. COVID-19 is permanently changing remote work policies for other employers as they opt to allow employees work from wherever they like—even after COVID-19 is brought under control. Twitter has adopted such a policy.

COVID-19 isn’t a CIO’s only concern. Businesses and organizations are still vulnerable to cyber threats and leaders must have a plan to prevent and respond to them in the event they experience a breach.  

The Cybersecurity team at Brown Smith Wallace partners with CIOs to develop and implement cybersecurity strategies that will help organizations prevent attacks or respond accordingly should an attack occur. Our cybersecurity experts offer the following services:

  • IT compliance
  • Email phishing simulations
  • Vulnerability and penetration testing
  • Remote technologies security assessments

In a world where so much is uncertain, CIOs can count on cyber threats remaining a top concern for businesses and organizations. Contact Bill Gogel to learn more about how we can help with your cybersecurity strategy and for more information on other cybersecurity services we offer. 

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