The Coronavirus Effect: Leveraging Today’s Challenges to Improve Operational Efficiency

With every challenge comes an opportunity, and it’s become painfully obvious that there is currently no shortage of challenges facing businesses today. One of those challenges has come in the form of increased cyber attacks that look to capitalize on the unexpected transition companies have undertaken to accommodate the rapidly changing corporate landscape. With many businesses shifting their employee base to a more distributed model, malicious actors have wasted no time attempting to exploit lapses in security due to a quick transition to remote work.

Cyber attacks have increased since transitioning to remote work due to COVID-19

In the (ISC)² COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey, 23% of respondents shared that they have observed an increase in attacks since transitioning to remote work, with some tracking as many as double the number of incidents. This increase in attacks is no coincidence and organizations will continue to see this trend as bad actors look to capitalize on the disruption that COVID-19 has created. At the same time, 47% of respondents have been removed from some or all of their typical security-related duties to assist with IT-related functions. As you can imagine, an increase in attacks coupled with a reduced number of resources dedicated to security can introduce additional risk.

Managing Increased Risk with Automation

While this growing risk presents IT and security teams with additional challenges, it also provides an opportunity to find more efficient methods for managing an increasingly distributed environment. Fortunately, many organizations have realized the significance of both IT and security operations and are prioritizing funding accordingly. An HFS Research survey found that 68% of organizations are looking at an increase in cybersecurity spend for 2020 following the Coronavirus outbreak. The survey also found that 55% will increase spend around automation. This seems logical considering organizations are dealing with increased exposure to cyber threats and would naturally look to automation to create efficiencies that will enable better utilization of existing resources.

Organizations expected to increase spend following COVID-19 outbreak.

The renewed focus on security and the urgency around mobilizing remote employees has provided a path forward for IT teams looking to streamline operations. The ability for many IT teams to manage their existing responsibilities while ensuring the security and ongoing productivity of employees away from the office is only possible if efficient solutions are implemented. Manual, recurring tasks that eat up a significant amount of time can negatively impact ongoing operations across multiple teams. While some are hesitant to spend more up front to create these efficiencies, others realize the downstream effects can actually reduce costs across the organization while ensuring a more secure environment. Cloud-based solutions offer an effective way to remove the excessive time and effort spent managing infrastructure and enable IT teams to focus their attention on more critical matters.

Adopting SaaS Solutions to Reduce Costs, Increase Efficiencies

Successful cloud-based endpoint solutions provide simplicity and immediate value that can dramatically reduce unwanted exposure created by vulnerable endpoints. While security and IT responsibilities may be carried out by different teams within an organization, oftentimes IT can take (or not take) proactive measures that will have a direct impact on security operations. For those organizations where both sets of responsibilities reside on the same team, having the ability to automate time-consuming IT tasks can free up time to allocate towards security functions. Utilizing SaaS solutions to efficiently manage your environment can also quickly reduce your attack surface, allowing security operations to narrow their focus on a smaller subset of threats.

The recent increase in remote workers makes the need for cloud-based solutions all the more evident. Having a solution that can accommodate changing variables around how and where employees do work is becoming increasingly critical. Legacy endpoint management solutions can create an additional, unnecessary burden anytime a variable (such as employee location) changes. Over time, this adds up to a significant amount of resources spent on reacting to a dynamically changing environment. Modern, cloud-native solutions provide IT and security operations a more efficient path to secure endpoints while giving end users the flexibility to be productive from any location.

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