All of these issues organizations are dealing with at the same time are threatening corporate security and the safety of our employees and executives. To address these situations, we need to know what steps we can take - and take quickly - to ensure our clients are safe and their business operations continue through these exceedingly complicated times.
Nearly one third of federal cybersecurity executives surveyed in a recent global survey indicated that they employ a series of best practices to bolster cyber resilience in their agencies – and they do so without increasing their spending. This doesn't come without challenges, however. Fortunately, there are solutions that security executives can employ to stay protected.
In the security industry, technology is moving at lightspeed. New devices, automation, custom software, and robot and drone technology is constantly being developed, improved upon, and employed to help security guards perform routine tasks. However, to reap the benefits of rapid development and deliver exceptional results, the security industry needs to embrace all of these technological changes and be able to spot trends in order to protect an organization's data and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its security workforce.
The report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO), features state and federal data on worker fatalities, injuries and illnesses, as well as worker protections. In particular, the report examines some of the industries and workers most affected by the pandemic. In addition, it found that workplace violence is the second leading cause of occupational fatalities.
Travel has been limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19; however, as restrictions relax and organizations start to return to operations, we’re beginning to see an increase in business travel. In fact, in May, Business Travel News estimated that 31% of travelers expected to start planning business travel within the next month and 50% of meeting planners anticipated resuming meetings from the months of June to September.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) joined with public and private-sector partners to conduct an interagency Tabletop Exercise (TTX) called “National Harbor 2020 – Recovery Phase Exercise,” September 29 – 30, to test the processes and plans required by regional government and business partners following a notional catastrophic incident at National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C.
Corporate enterprises and governments used to be the main targets of cyberattacks, but now any organization with an online presence is vulnerable. The surge in remote working due to the pandemic significantly increases risk as IT departments balance the demands of security, remote access and business continuity. Widespread use of new apps and solutions, credential sharing, unsecured Wi-Fi, weak passwords, lack of encryption and more provide cybercriminals with many opportunities to exploit gaps in security.
Workplaces are going to need to adapt and adopt training and risk assessment protocols to keep employees healthy and safe. Below are five, foundational steps to take when developing a workforce risk management plan.
This month in Security magazine, we explore how Corning's global security group ensured business continuity and employee safety during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Also, we highlight the global security team at Uber and their recent security programs and initiatives. Industry experts discuss travel safety programs, career hackers, working for terrible bosses, group attribution error and more.