Cybersecurity: Hybrid work gets a new layer of security
Cyber security has become a major focus area for organizations as they adopt hybrid work, which has expanded the attack surface and increased cyber risk. Cisco has come up with a solution to address this issue, offering an assessment tool to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) measure their cybersecurity preparedness, or “better measure their overall security posture.” understands from.”
“With the speed and scale of small businesses digitizing and the threat landscape becoming more sophisticated than ever, securing their business becomes a top priority,” says Anand Patil, Senior Director, Systems Engineering, Cisco India and SAARC. New online assessment tool assesses cybersecurity readiness through the lens of “zero trust,” or the concept that attempts to access an organization’s network architecture should not be made until trust can be verified . When a user accesses an app using a device, both the user and the device are verified, with that trust continuously monitored.
Tool Zero assesses an organization’s level of maturity in six areas of trust: users and identities, equipment, networks, workloads (applications), data and security operations. It produces a bespoke report for the organization that indicates their position in each of the six areas of zero trust. Where applicable, it provides tailored recommendations on technologies and solutions that can help strengthen an organization’s overall security position in a hybrid work environment.
Patil says that going forward, SMBs should ensure end-to-end security across their workforce, workload and workplace and adopt a zero-trust strategy to manage and strengthen their cyber security posture in a cloud-first world .
*According to Cisco’s Cyber Security for SMBs Study, more than half (62%) of SMBs in India faced cyber incidents in 2021
*Cyber attack cost his business more than Rs 3.5 crore
*Three out of four (74%) SMBs faced cyber incidents that resulted in the loss of 85% of customer information
The main reason for the incidents was security solutions not being able to detect or prevent them
Phishing, unsecured laptops, targeted attacks by malicious elements, and the use of personal devices are among the top threats to the overall security of SMBs.