This article was originally published on my LinkedIn page on 16 March 2020.
(FYI: As I was writing this post, the news reported that HHS had been hit with what appears to be a denial of service attack.)
In the cybersecurity community there is a saying “Cyber can impact physical and physical can impact Cyber”. We normally think of this in terms of warfare, such as what happened with the Ukrainian power grid a few years back. But as the COVID-19 crisis continues and drives more organizations to enable remote work scenarios, cybersecurity professionals need to be tightly integrated into our organization’s contingency planning to ensure we continue to protect the business. What we don’t want to have happen is a data breach or other security incident to occur during or immediately following the crisis. Having helped with contingency planning in the military for many years and from my experience helping customers with cloud security, here are a few tips:
I have in no way covered all the items that need to be accounted for in this scenario, but hopefully this will help. I encourage you to share any thoughts or ideas you have. Working together we can get through this crisis! Oh, and “Wash your hands!!!”
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