CYBERSECURITY: Hybrid work gets a new layer of security
Cybersecurity has become a key area of focus for organizations as they adopt hybrid work, which has widened the attack surface and increased cyber risks. Cisco has come up with a solution to address the problem by introducing an assessment tool to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) measure their readiness for cybersecurity or “better understand their overall security stance.”
“With small businesses scanning at high speed and scale and the threat landscape becoming much more sophisticated than ever, securing their business is a priority,” said Anand Patil, Senior Director of Systems Engineering, Cisco India & Saarc. The new online assessment tool assesses cybersecurity readiness through the lens of “zero trust” or the concept of trying to access an organization’s network architecture should not be granted until can verify trust. When a user accesses an application through a device, both the user and the device are verified, and that trust is continuously monitored.
The tool assesses the level of maturity of the organization in six areas of Zero Trust: user and identity, device, networking, workload (applications), data, and security operations. Generates a tailor-made report for your organization indicating your position in each of the six Zero Trust areas. Whenever applicable, it offers personalized recommendations on technologies and solutions that can help strengthen the overall security stance of the organization in a hybrid work environment.
Looking to the future, SMEs must ensure end-to-end protection for their workforce, workloads and workplace and adopt a zero-confidence strategy to manage and strengthen their cybersecurity position in a world in the cloud, says Patil.
* According to Cisco’s cybersecurity study for SMEs, more than half (62%) of Indian SMEs suffered cyber incidents in 2021
* Cyberattacks cost their business more than Rs 3.5 crore
* Three out of four (74%) SMEs suffered cyber incidents which resulted in an 85% loss of customer information
The main reason for the incidents was that security solutions could not detect or prevent them
Phishing, unsafe laptops, targeted attacks by malicious actors and the use of personal devices are among the main threats to the global security of SMEs.