Boris Johnson announced the government’s roadmap for lifting coronavirus restrictions for both businesses and the general public in early February, and since then this has provided some hope to many around the world. country.
However, since the beginning of the pandemic, the way business has been conducted has changed permanently, as many staff want to continue working remotely, as blockages and restrictions decrease over time. Thus, as companies relax and rules are reduced, life is expected to return to a form of “new normalcy.” But cybersecurity-related problems have come to hold and the gas pedal should not be relaxed, especially with the increased risks associated with continuous remote work.
In any case, security should be strengthened more than ever to ensure that all aspects of a business are safe. But this is not the case.
About the authors
Steve Law is Giacom’s CTO
Kelvin Murray is a threat researcher at Webroot,
The risk grows
While easing blocking restrictions, cybersecurity risks remain and are likely to grow as Covid-19 changes the work landscape. As indoor spaces begin to open in the coming months, employees will want to venture into new spaces to work in, such as cafes and cybercafes, but working on open networks and personal devices creates unlocked front doors because they are they can produce cyberattacks. Since this hybrid, remote way of working seems to have stayed, companies need to make sure they have the right infrastructure to combat cyber threats.
For example, National Cyber Security Center research shows that there has been an increase in Covid-19-related cyberattacks over the past year, with more than one in four pandemic-related hackers in the UK. Nor is this trend likely to decline anytime soon. And going forward, hackers could take advantage of excited travelers hoping to book their next vacation once the travel ban is lifted, by deploying fake travel websites, for example.
Aside from the bad actors in this broader scenario, part of the problem here is that many IT teams are not making use of a holistic and layered approach to security and data recovery; which can have detrimental consequences as data is stolen from organizations. These problems continue to resonate strongly among companies of all sizes, who will therefore turn to their MSPs for a solution.
The importance of a layered approach
Cybersecurity is not a one-stop shop. A complete trilogy of solutions is needed to ensure maximum effect. This includes a combination of DNS network layers, secure endpoint connections, and an educated and trained human workforce.
The need for DNS security cannot be ignored, especially with the increase in remote workforce, in order to control and manage Internet access policies as well as reduce malware. DNS is a frequent target of
bad actors, so DNS layer protection is increasingly seen as an essential security check: it provides an extra layer of protection between a user and the Internet by blocking malicious websites and filtering unwanted material.
Similarly, endpoint protection solutions prevent file-based malware, detect and block malicious internal and external activities, and respond to real-time security alerts.
However, these innovative tools and solutions cannot be implemented without educating users and incorporating a cybersecurity-conscious culture across the entire workforce. Humans are often the weakest link in cybersecurity, with 90% of data breaches due to human error.
Therefore, by providing the right training and resources, companies can help their employees increase their cyber resilience and position themselves strongly at the forefront of defense. This combination is crucial to ensure the right digital solutions, as well as to understanding the critical role manpower they play to keep the organization secure. In turn, these security needs offer several opportunities for monetization in the channel, as more companies require the right combination of technology and education to enable employees to be safe.
The role of the channel
Companies, especially SMEs, will seek out MSPs to protect their businesses and help them achieve cyber resilience. This creates a unique and valuable opportunity for MSPs to guide customers on their cybersecurity journeys by providing them with the right data protection tools and solutions to get the most out of their employees ’home work environments in the most efficient ways. safe. Equally important, MSPs must take responsibility for educating their own teams and customers. This includes offering additional training modules on online safety through ongoing safety awareness training, as well as endpoint protection and anything else that is needed to enhance cyber resilience.
In addition, cyber resilience solutions and packages can be built and customized to suit customer needs, including endpoint protection, end-user ongoing training, threat intelligence, and backup and recovery. With the right tools to grow and automate various services, complemented by technical, organizational and personal support, channel partners will have the keys to success to develop new revenue streams as well.
Hackers are more innovative than ever, and to combat the growing threats, companies need to stay one step ahead. Companies need to continue to be aware of the new realities of remote work and the distracted workforce, and they need to reassure employees that cyber resilience is not just the job of IT teams – it’s a responsibility everyone shares. By adopting a multilayered approach to cybersecurity, companies can develop a holistic view of their defense strategy, taking into account the multitude of vectors through which malware and modern threats are transmitted. Within this evolving cybersecurity landscape, it is essential that SMEs find an MSP partner that offers a diverse portfolio of security offerings and training, as well as knowledge and support, to keep their business data secure, the workforce and the network.