The declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic and its implications on the general populace and businesses has been unprecedented, to say the least. Even seasoned investors have no idea as to what shape the economy will take in the next few months. Like any of you, I have been watching these unforeseen events unfold, and as with any other cybersecurity aficionado, it is my view that it would be interesting to see how the cybersecurity scenario is going to pan out in the next few months, and what steps organizations can take in securing their perimeters in the wake of an unprecedented rise in their distributed workforce.
A bigger and more vulnerable attack surface for Attackers:
There has been an unprecedented rise in the number of remote workers operating out of their homes, in response to the outbreak. While this is the most pragmatic response that every organization needs to adopt, in order to mitigate the spread of the virus, it opens up many avenues for exploitation that companies need to take care of first. Remote employees’ higher dependence on digital tools, and their higher vulnerability to human error actions, such as clicking on phishing or malware links. With lesser time to prepare for such security eventualities, organizations will find themselves inadequate in dealing with such attacks. With employees spending a higher time online, it is apparent that internet behavior becomes riskier, and the attack surface increases significantly.
Exponential Rise in Cyberattacks:
There is a historically recorded direct correlation between global crisis situations, more so economic crises, and an exponential rise in cyberattacks. This has been especially true of the 2008 subprime crisis, which saw a significant jump in cybercrime. With the worsening economic situations, and resulting socio-political strains, and additionally, a large portion of the population quarantined at home, potential malicious actors are bound to launch cyberattacks with greater frequencies.
Increase in Insider Threats:
Given the ever-worsening economic conditions, it is apparent that there may come a time when organizations will have to forego a major chunk of their workforce, and this may lead to some disgruntled former employees trying to sell the company classified data and profiteer out of it.
The aforementioned are just a few eventualities that might happen. In such scenarios, organizations not only need to educate their employees in cyber hygiene but also deploy better cybersecurity measures and adopt neoteric technologies that cater to the security needs of distributed workforces and are compatible to operate in multiple cloud environments.
Enabling, Empowering, Effecting. Remotely.
InstaSafe has, for almost a decade now, preached the policy of remote secure work for distributed workforces now, but, now, as we are inadvertently pushed to the start of a work from home revolution, it is apparent that organizations need a re-look at their digital infrastructure, and restructure their entire security and digital architecture to enable productivity and safety in a remote world.
Given this scenario, a majority of organizations have come to the realization that it is of utmost importance to secure employees, while at the same time, securing their remote accessibility capabilities. In recent weeks, the team at InstaSafe has seen a flurry of incoming requests by enterprises, to deploy, expand, or review their remote access capabilities, at different scales, in the shortest time possible. In order to help up and coming companies to cope up with the outbreak, we have extended free access to our services to startups, and this has had positive results for many startups which were previously woefully inadequate in dealing with remote workforces.
To put in perspective, we have had an 8X increase in our web traffic and a similar increase in requests from existing customers to revamp their capacities. One of our biggest retail customers has asked us to enable remote access to all its users across the globe. In addition, the number of incoming requests for more information, or proof of concept has risen manifold.
Of course, it is known that very few organizations had ever conceived of such an eventuality. Organizations that come up to us have had multiple queries as to how the implementation of an SDP solution will impact our team productivity. The answer to that is, like any disruptive ZTNA based solution, deploying InstaSafe’s cloud-agnostic solutions will enable all remote employees to access all organizational resources, including CRM tools, or even internal applications. Given that the attack surface is minimized to a bare minimum by rendering all critical resources black, the entire process will result in vastly improved security.
Organizations have been particularly apprehensive of additional hardware deployments, which may take time to transport. Since InstaSafe’s cloud-based solutions rid organizations of the need for any additional hardware, organizations are poised to swiftly deploy our systems and scale on demand. In addition, InstaSafe’s Emergency Access program has been specially designed to act on the organization’s requests for extension or deployment of remote access capabilities, and actively deliver on these requests in the shortest possible time.
InstaSafe was built with a dream of making cybersecurity cloud-based, simple, deployable, and accessible for all. By securing access to a widely distributed workforce spread across multiple geographies, and helping organizations maintain business continuity and seamless operations in these testing times, it seems that this dream may reach fruition. That said, I wish the best of health to all you and your families, and assure you that we, at InstaSafe, are committed to ensuring the safety and security of all our employees, customers, partners, and willing to offer a helping hand to anyone who reaches out to us. Schedule a call with one of our experts!