Whilst the risk to health from COVID-19 is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, the threat of terrorism and activity by hostile state actors (i.e. national security threats) nonetheless remains substantial. It is essential that businesses and other organisations remain cognisant of these threats as they look to adjust their operations, ensuring that security measures are proactively adapted to support and complement other changes (rather than being inadvertently overlooked and potentially increasing vulnerability).
Unless security is considered when businesses and organisations plan and adapt their operations in response to COVID-19, there is a significant risk from unintended consequences of changes in working practices.
Cyber security guidance
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced a guide to working from home which gives information and guidance around the challenges of an increase in home working. They have also produced guidance on mitigating malware and ransomware attacks which provides information on steps to take before a malware infection has occurred and guidance to help organisations to select, configure and securely implement video conferencing services.