Informational Security in the Time of Social Distancing

When social distancing is becoming the new normal, companies are forced to function in different ways in order to survive. In light of recent events, IDC organised an online conference on information security to provide the digital trust required to enable digital transformation.

 

A study published on March 31st stated that around 70% of the companies were forced to engage in different manners due to the social distancing rules that came along with the international context. Many companies had tested before how work from home would be like for their employees. Some were even doing  that when the pandemic hit, but the truth is no one was ready for such a huge transition in so little time.

 

In order to help companies keep up with the changes brought by these unsteady times, IDC organised an online debate that tackled the topic of information security seen through the lenses of the new reality and the changes brought by the COVID-19 virus. Marius Marinescu, our CTO, was invited to express his opinion on how to approach the matter of working from home.

 

You can watch the entire presentation below:

 

Many organisations invest a lot of time and resources trying not to change the services they provide. Since everybody works from home now and uses a device to stay connected with their work environment, Marius Marinescu approached, among others, the matter of securing the users and their devices.

 

We can see that most of the companies prefer to use the security solutions they already have implemented and extend these functionalities to accommodate the increased access flow coming from outside the company. The first step that should be taken, that doesn’t involve a big investment in changing the security solutions, is the user authentication process. The most important factor in fighting informational crime is multi-factor authentication, said Marius Marinescu.

 

The work-from-home shift can be seen as an opportunity for companies to detect the existence of breaches and gaps in their security systems. Inside their homes, employees are more exposed to cyber attacks, as they dont benefit from the same protection measures as they did when they worked from the office. And this makes businesses more vulnerable in the light of a possible attack on their private information, but also gives them the chance to notice such errors and turn them to their advantage. In addition, Marius gave other useful insights and pieces of advice that companies can follow to get through these challenging times safely.