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Areas of Focus for the Security Industry After a Workplace Disruption

by | Jul 23, 2020

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COVID-19 has disrupted almost every aspect of daily life, the workplace being no exception. For businesses in the security industry, it is especially important to adapt to the changes and offer timely, effective solutions. Here are three major areas that security teams should focus on after a workplace disruption.

Employee Health and Safety

Physical Health

  • Routine sanitation
  • Social distancing
  • Hand washing
  • Mask wearing and/or respiratory etiquette
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Promotion of employee self-monitoring
  • Education about symptoms

Mental Health

Cyber Health

Privacy

Work From Home Best Practices

Working from home is here to stay. Whether you were pushed into it by the current crisis or already had remote work arrangements, remote workers need to follow best practices to stay secure.

Working from home presents unique challenges to the security industry, especially for businesses that rushed into it as the result of a workplace disruption:

  • Workers accessing work-related content from their personal devices
  • Implementation of multi-factor authentication and token-based login
  • Security of endpoints and storage of critical information
  • Installation of anti-malware software on corporate and employee devices
  • Security of workers’ homes and living situations
  • Security of employees’ home networks
  • Server load and network capability
  • Security of third-party tools such as Zoom or Google Docs

Cyber Security and Cyber-Physical Security

Third-Party Vendors

Cyber-Physical Ecosystem Vulnerabilities

It may be easier for a company to rely on an automated system or device to get through the crisis, but a security team should make sure that the device is secure, especially if it is handling sensitive information.

Surveillance Blind Spots

Network Stability

Security professionals need to make sure their network is resilient to DDoS and RDoS attacks. This is especially important in a crisis because remote tools are often the first tools that businesses turn to during a workplace disruption and they depend on the stability of the host network.

Alarm Monitoring

There is no easy way to respond to a crisis and a failure to adapt to major workplace disruption in the security industry can have dire consequences. By focusing on all aspects of employee health, including digital awareness, work-from-home best practices, and the re-evaluation of the cyber-physical ecosystem for vulnerabilities, security professionals can empower workplaces to survive and thrive during and after the crisis.

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