Expert Reaction On New (ISC)2 Survey Finds Nearly Half Of Cybersecurity Respondents Have Been Reassigned To IT During COVID-19 Pandemic

(ISC)² – the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today released the findings of a survey in which 256 cybersecurity professionals shared insights into their current work situations during the first several weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the (ISC)COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey, 81% of respondents, all responsible for securing their organizations’ digital assets, indicated that their job function has changed during the pandemic. 90% indicated they themselves are now working remotely full-time.

“The goal of the survey was to take the pulse of the cybersecurity community as many of their organizations began to shift their employee bases and operations to remote work setups in March and April,” said Wesley Simpson, COO of (ISC)2. “While this was certainly not an in-depth study of the situation, it does provide a current snapshot of the issues and challenges our members may be facing during this unprecedented time. Sharing this information helps our members and other professionals in the field understand the challenges their peers are facing, and hopefully realize they are not alone, even if many of them are feeling isolated as they adjust to working from home.”

The (ISC)COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey’s findings shed light on the recent adjustments organizations have made to maintain their business operations and the impact on cybersecurity professionals. Findings include:

  • 96% of respondents’ organizations have closed their physical work environments and moved to remote work-from-home policies for employees; nearly half (47%) said this was the case for all employees, while 49% indicated that at least some employees are working remotely
  • 23% said cybersecurity incidents experienced by their organization have increased since transitioning to remote work – with some tracking as many as double the number of incidents
  • 81% of respondents said their organizations view security as an essential function at this time
  • 47% of respondents said they have been taken off some or all of their typical security duties to assist with other IT-related tasks, such as equipping a mobile workforce
  • 15% of respondents indicated their information security teams do not have the resources they need to support a remote workforce, while another 34% said they do, but only for the time being
  • 41% said their organizations are utilizing best practices to secure their remote workforce, while another 50% agreed, but admitted they could be doing more
  • Almost one-third (32%) of respondents were aware of someone in their organization who has contracted COVID-19

EXPERTS COMMENTS
Rufus Grig, Chief Strategy Officer ,  Maintel
April 30, 2020
Just last week global architecture firm Zaha Hadid issued a stark reminder to remain alert.
We find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented crisis and while security teams may need to be redeployed, companies cannot afford to leave themselves overly exposed to would-be attackers. After all, security teams are needed now more than ever, as the frequency and severity of COVID-19-related cyber attacks is rising. Just last week global architecture firm Zaha Hadid issued a stark reminder t ....
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David Grout, CTO of EMEA,  FireEye
April 29, 2020
41 per cent of cyber-security professionals said their organisations are utilising best practices to secure their remote workforce
The sudden and unanticipated shift of many workers to a working-from-home status is a test for security teams. They are having to ensure they deploy the same level of security to their remote workers as they would in the office. The burden of security has expanded as workforces have become more fragmented and critical work and communication is being done online. In a recent report by ISC(2), 41 pe ....
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Ed Macnair, CEO ,  Censornet
April 29, 2020
Primarily, multi-factor authentication is crucial here and should be implemented to provide an additional layer of security.
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen an extraordinary shift towards remote working; a cultural change that many organisations were simply not prepared for. It is unsurprising that already overworked cyber security staff are now being stretched even thinner by the sudden demands of not only a much larger attack surface, but increased IT needs too. In the current climate, speed and efficiency has taken pr ....
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Evgeny Gnedin, Head ,  Positive Technologies
April 29, 2020
Our statistics show that 67 percent of companies use it, including RAdmin, RDP, TeamViewer, and Ammyy Admin.
ISC(2) have revealed that cyber incidents have doubled and half of cyber security staff have been taken off security roles. Remote working and strained cyber teams has inevitably led to increased cyber crime, as employees are now using their home laptops and desktops, which may not be properly configured for security, particular when it comes to accessing secure servers. This, combined with crimi ....
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