Cybersecurity pros share insights into their current work situations
In the (ISC)² COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey, 81% of respondents, all liable for securing their organizations’ digital assets, indicated that their job function has changed during the pandemic. 90% indicated they themselves are now working remotely full-time.
“The goal of the survey was to require the heartbeat of the cybersecurity community as many of their organizations began to shift their employee bases and operations to remote work setups”.
“While this was never an in-depth study of things, it does provide a current snapshot of the problems and challenges our members could also be facing during this unprecedented time. Sharing this information helps our members and other professionals within the field understand the challenges their peers face, and hopefully realize they’re not alone, albeit many of them are feeling isolated as they suit performing from home.”
Impact on cybersecurity professionals
The (ISC)² survey findings shed light on the recent adjustments that organizations have made to take care of their business operations and therefore the impact on cybersecurity professionals. Findings include:
- 96% of respondents’ organizations have closed their physical work environments and moved to remote work-from-home policies for employees; nearly half (47%) said this was the case for all employees, while 49% indicated that a minimum of some employees are working remotely
- 23% said cybersecurity incidents experienced by their organization have increased since transitioning to remote work – with some tracks as many as double the number of incidents
- 81% of respondents said their organizations view security as an important function at this point
- 47% of respondents said they need to be been began some or all of their typical security duties to help with other IT-related tasks, like equipping a mobile workforce
- 15% of respondents indicated their information security teams don’t have the resources they have to support a foreign workforce, while another 34% said they are doing, but just for the nonce
- 41% said their organizations are utilizing best practices to secure their remote workforce, while another 50% agreed, but admitted they might be doing more
- Almost one-third (32%) of respondents were conscious of someone in their organization who has contracted COVID-19
Cybersecurity pros face numerous work challenges
According to the survey also Cybersecurity is also necessary during COVID-19 because all companies are working remote networks. a number of the themes that came to light included scarcity of hardware to support a bigger number of remote workers, the struggle between organizational priorities for quick deployment of remote technology and therefore the commensurate level of security to guard systems and helping end-users understand and abide by security policies outside the office.
One respondent commented, “Security at now maybe a best-effort scenario. Speed has become the first decision-making factor. This has led to quite a couple of conversations about how doing it insecurely will end in a worse situation than not doing it in the least .”
Factors that contributed to cybercrime
“COVID-19 hit us with all the required ingredients to fuel cybercrime: 100% work from home [WFH] before most organizations were really ready, the chaos caused by technical issues plaguing workers not want to WFH, panic, and desire to ‘know more’ and temptation to go to unverified websites in search of up-to-the-minute information, remote workforce technology supported by vendors driven by ‘new feature time to market’ and NOT a security, employees taking up responsibilities for COVID-19 affected co-workers (unfamiliarity with the process), and uncertainty regarding unexpected communication supposedly coming from their employers.”
Several respondents also viewed the pandemic as a chance for future process improvement, however, because the following comments illustrate:
“With a majority of the workforce staying home we all will get to rethink our policies and therefore the compromises we are willing to form .”
“People seem to be thinking more about security once they are working remotely, which may be a good thing.”
“Employers now face the prospect of doing what they ought to have done long before: enact contingency plans for large-scale remote work thanks to natural or man-made disasters. Enabling remote work also has the advantage of appealing to potential employees when recruitment may be a concern.”