“Having companies looking to go to more remote operations, more remote maintenance is not a new trend,” said John Cusimano, vice president of cybersecurity at aeSolutions. “In recent years it may have slowed down a bit, but overall the movement toward cost savings and efficiency benefits have been there. Some, however, are addressing security concerns better than others.””
Add pandemic chapter
“Business continuity and disaster recovery plans should have a section for a pandemic, and they should also have a section on cyber recovery. A lot of times they will talk about natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, just natural disasters. But they should look to add cybersecurity that could interrupt business,” Cusimano said.
Along the lines of working on a remote basis, switching from the office to home can create cybersecurity problems for employers and employees. Here are some general tips to help guide those working at home:
Be suspicious of any emails asking people to check or renew their passwords and login credentials
Suspicious of emails from people you don’t know
Ensure your Wi-Fi connection is secure
Ensure anti-virus is in place and fully updated
Lock your screen if you work in a shared space
Check if you have encryption tools installed.
“The lesson we have to learn from this is if we are going to be called upon to periodically work remote in some kind of disaster where you have remote operations they better be robust they better be resilient and they better be secure,” Cusimano said. “If you send everybody home and expecting them to work remotely, if that technology doesn’t work you are in a real mess. Everything I have heard is remote technology is working.”