Is your remote workforce secure during a pandemic? 

Changing threat landscape and increased cyber risks

Despite heightened attention and unprecedented levels of security investment, the number of cyber incidents and mass scale data breaches continue to rise. There is a growing sophistication of hackers and other adversaries as they take advantage of changes in the business environment.

For example, the growth in employees forced to work from home due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has led to a huge spike in people using remote working solutions such as business virtual private networks (VPN) and digital conference call technologies.

Cyber threat actors across the spectrum —from state-sponsored groups to organized crime members— are using the public’s fear, uncertainty, and curiosity about the pandemic to adapt their threat vectors, tactics, and targeting strategies.

Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks and hacking campaigns of VPNs are on the rise. Opportunist cyber criminals are exploiting coronavirus as part of their phishing attacks, malware and ransomware campaigns.

Companies now more than ever before need to pay close attention to the VPN servers they are putting up and make sure these systems are up-to-date, have been patched for vulnerabilities and are monitored for irregular VPN usage patterns.

Digital business models are driving the adoption of new safeguards and new risks are being generated by increased reliance on data. Business leaders face increasing accountability from boards, regulators, and the marketplace.

Securing your organization

Companies have to go on the offense, stress testing their cybersecurity program and protecting themselves from a rising tide of cybercrime. A sound security program should answer the following key questions:

  1. How are the organization’s critical business assets secured?
  2. How well is the high-value information within those assets protected?
  3. What controls exist to protect remote workforce access to high value assets?
  4. How does the organization’s security program compare to that of its peers?
  5. Would the organization be able to detect a breach?
  6. How are the security process changes and elevated controls managed during a crisis (e.g., pandemic)?
  7. Does the cybersecurity team have access to adequate resources?
  8. Is the organization’s cybersecurity strategy aligned with its business objectives?
  9. How is the effectiveness of the cybersecurity program measured?
  10. How would your business recover from a breach

A new approach

At Antares, we help our clients protect their data, their brand, and their business. Our team has deep expertise helping global businesses across industries strategically assess, design, deploy, and improve cybersecurity programs. Specifically, we can:

  • Develop business focused strategies that support growth and harness the power of data by making cybersecurity and privacy an enterprise wide priority.
  • Conduct targeted security assessments and define strategic investments in technology capabilities and effective allocation of resources to build business trust and enable adoption.
  • Help organizations comply with applicable cybersecurity and privacy regulations, providing accelerators and templates to maintain a compliant cybersecurity and privacy program
  • Architect, design, implement, and enhance the use of technology for managing cybersecurity and privacy risks.
  • Provide the full support needed to design, build, manage, support, and enhance cybersecurity as a service (CaaS) operations.

To get started, reach out to us for all your cybersecurity assessment needs including Cybersecurity risk assessments, NIST assessments, CIS controls assessments, remote workforce security controls, security maturity, payment controls, and many other types of assessments.

Our team brings a proprietary assessment methodology, based upon deep expertise in the Cybersecurity field, that allows for a rapid assessment of critical areas and development of actionable initiatives, all delivered within a digital collaboration environment aligned to the needs of the current remote work environment.

With the establishment of an action plan and roadmap, we guide your team through each stage of the assessment process, leveraging leading digital program management tools that provide your teams with a clear plan and progress transparency.

A typical assessment will require 4-6 weeks depending upon the complexity of your operating environment and portfolio.