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Cyber for the autumn of COVID: a three-part series – part 2

This blog is part two of a three-part series on cyber for the autumn of COVID. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!

Part 2:  How COVID is shaping the cyber landscape for 2021

In the first part of this series, we saw how COVID has changed IT in 2020. In this article, we consider how we expect COVID will shape the cyber landscape going into next year.

The BBC reported in June that many of the impacts of the COVID era are here to stay. These impacts may range from re-openings taking much longer than originally planned, to long-lasting shifts in personal behaviors, daily habits, work commutes, and purchase patterns. Changes have included transformations of urban area rush hours, closing of corporate offices, and shopping patterns that have become online-first, and in-person second. These shifts may then be driving strategic business changes including investments in COVID-ready product lines, relocating of staffing centers, and reducing or even eliminating corporate headquarters facilities. Safe to say that many employees who were “kicked out” of the office are not going to be going back, for a variety of reasons both personal and professional.

Along similar lines, ComputerWorld reported in September that COVID is driving significant IT shifts to cloud, digitization of work processes, and investments in employee connectivity and collaboration tools. Going into the fall, and looking toward 2021, we can expect that these trends may play out in a couple of ways for businesses. First, the uncertainty of the present situation seems destined to continue. While originally planned as a brief “lockdown” followed by getting back to business as usual in the summer, surging cases in the US, Europe, and elsewhere, are making the present situation more uncertain than ever. Businesses are conserving cash to prepare for all possible contingencies, including new lockdowns and widespread recessions. In addition, they are finding that switching to virtual offices and teleconference calls has not been as disruptive to productivity as was feared, and could easily be sustainable for the long run, especially when the potential real estate cost savings are considered.

What does this mean for cybersecurity over the year to come? To put it simply, cyber is going to have to “keep up” with the shifts in IT and the business environment, and the security changes those shifts necessitate. As IT has been central to organizations successfully teleworking, cyber for those teleworking capabilities has become critically important, even in cases where it might not have been critically important in the past. As organizations have leveraged the cloud to ramp up their IT capacity, cybersecurity for those cloud services has become important, even in cases where cloud services might not have been utilized in the past. Four cyber trends that we believe will be important going forward are as follows:

Stay tuned for Part 3, where we turn this knowledge into actionable recommendations for your 2021 planning.

To learn more about how you can better secure your organization in today’s environment read:

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