Teleworking and security: a difficult balance

Teleworking and security: a difficult balance

Francisco Menéndez, the Security and Compliance Officer of Seresco, and a Member of the Committee of Asturias of itSMF Spain, reflects for itSMF on the consequences of the lockdown with regard to cybersecurity for telework.

For Francisco Menéndez, 'our first conclusion is that we were not ready. Nobody thought that we would suffer a pandemic of this level and no continuity plan that I was able to review took into account a situation like the one that we have suffered, in which companies, clients, suppliers and the whole country would go into lockdown and close its borders.’ As a result, many users have been obligated to telework without proper equipment, and hence, ‘in the most cases, the solution adopted was to use home computers to telework, together with the implications of all sorts that this had for information security in the organization.’

'In general, when making decisions, the priority has been workability above security, which, when combined with the increase in threats (specifically attempting to take advantage of the situation), has led to an increase in serious security incidents in all types of companies during the lockdown' asserts Francisco Menéndez.

Teleworking and security: a difficult balance