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US IT Sector Forced to Think Out of the Box Amidst Raising Cyber Security Threats

The coronavirus pandemic has paved the way for a new set of rules and regulations. The enterprise security sector is one of the most affected. As most of the organizations in the US are likely to continue working from home for at least a year, firms have to adopt situation-specific measures to bring their entire workforce online safely.

The challenges have doubled for IT professionals due to the massive shift to a highly distributed workforce. A work-from-home environment creates several endpoints with increased vulnerability to security attacks. Some of the potential threats cited due to a remotely established connection would be susceptibility to phishing attacks and malware, illegal access to data, and the ever-increased need for ensuring compliance.

With work from the home culture here to stay, U.S. IT professionals are finding out new ways to best support their online workforce.

In this article, let’s take a look at some of the proven ways to strengthen enterprise security amidst the ongoing challenges.

Enterprises across the nation are taking measures to proactively strengthen their security through employee training and embracing innovative strategies.

Here are some of the most used IT security measures embraced by enterprises.

Most of the enterprises are conducting constant education and training for their employees. The focus is mostly on ransomware attacks, phishing, cyber-attacks, etc., as these are seemingly the major causes threatening cyber security in the pandemic-hit world.

Many firms are devising plans that cater to the future requirements of the Covid-impacted world. In other words, the WFH culture is expected to extend into the imminent future as well. 

Consequently, the best practice would be to evaluate and analyze existing measures to devise a strategy that tackles both the current and future challenges. Such efforts need to be anchored on finding cost-effective methods to gain enhanced visibility into the assets and IT networks.

Several applications are being used in the pandemic-hit world such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc. However, contrary to the widespread perception, the enterprises that use these apps do not have the privilege of complete safety. These apps, although from bigger and well-funded vendors are as susceptible to cyber threats as any other app. 

The need for safeguarding sensitive information is of paramount importance in these covid-hit times. What emerges as an effective measure is focusing more on attribute-based access control technologies. These technologies are equipped with the potential to implement fine-grained security measures.

Despite the widespread awareness and use of new technologies, experts vouch for the fact that the cyber threat landscape is likely to grow even in the post-pandemic era. Fundamentally, it is vital to run periodic and detailed checks on the existing and possible security issues associated with remote work and implement corrective measures accordingly.


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