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Organisations around the UK are reporting the new-found benefits of remote working – both for employee wellbeing and business overheads. But for risk owners the challenges presented by a disparate workforce are considerable. Here’s why organisations should be investing some of those savings straight back into their information security.
If worrying about the security of your business keeps you awake at night, you are not alone. As the remote working model looks set to stay (in some shape or form) for the foreseeable future, there are certainly many considerations for senior managers and risk owners to ponder.
After all, even the most diligent and conscientious of employees may find it difficult to maintain high information security standards when working from home – particularly in the current climate, where cyberattacks are increasing at a pace. For risk owners, a quick assessment of all the vulnerabilities caused by transitioning to remote working in a hurry is enough to inflict a restless night’s sleep.
The traditional office-based work model relied on the diligence of Chief Technical Officers (CTOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and/or IT teams. However, few, if any, will have had a Business Continuity Plan in place which included provision for the widespread, long-term remote working model which organisations now find themselves in.
It’s enough to give any C-suite nightmares.
Because the harsh reality is that, as the upheaval to UK businesses increases, more opportunities are presented to cyber criminals. Targeting lone workers, they are using their considerable talents and resources to lure system users into inadvertently providing entry points so that they might steal data and sensitive company information. Left unchecked, a successful breach becomes a disturbing inevitability.
So, how can organisations better secure their employees and customers against cyberattacks? And what is the most cost-effective solution?
At SRM we are advising businesses to reassess their risk posture and take a new approach to their information security. It is no longer simply doing the minimum to achieve or retain compliance with your security standards – be that ISO 27001 or PCI DSS compliance, for example. Instead, it is about being more rigorous and committed to information security than ever before.
If remote or hybrid working is something that your organisation is considering as a long-term model – inspired by the possibility of reduced office costs and associated overheads – then the trade off from this should be to invest more in the cyber security.
A prime example of this is penetration testing. If your business is currently testing once a year then you are certainly making an effort to ensure safety. But does assessing security at a single point in time really fill you with confidence for the subsequent 12 months?
A Managed Security Service (MSS), on the other hand, has the potential to give you 24/7 visibility over the security of your assets, with the ability to monitor and manage vulnerabilities 365 days a year.
At SRM our Managed Security Service combines a best-in-class vulnerability scanner with the expertise of our CREST accredited penetration testers and information security consultants so that your business benefits from the best combination of automated and manual service provision.
Even better, a single coherent dashboard means that the outputs and results of your testing strategy can be monitored in real-time, in one place. By consolidating your systems under the MSS, your IT team is only ever alerted if action is required and can otherwise get on with focusing on their job, developing innovation and forward-looking services.
If your organisation is looking to take a more proactive and strategic approach to security, our MSS is the solution you’ve been looking for. Find out more by contacting us now.