Enterprise defenders, out of necessity, plan and prepare for the continued operation of the enterprise in the face of cyber or digital threats. Until now, threats commonly referred to as computer “viruses” posed the greatest threat. A paradigm shift is underway.
The outbreak of the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has now placed biological threats alongside digital threats in terms of their capacity to disrupt enterprise operations. Unlike their digital and cyber analogs, which interfere with or disrupt technical resources, biological threats (or the fear of them) disrupt human resources.
Agile enterprises quickly adapt to changing conditions. In response to Covid-19, the government is recommending that workers telecommute and work virtually. The trend towards virtual work environments was well underway before the virus outbreak. Enterprises have additional incentives to enable, to some degree, their workers to leverage virtual systems.
It is imperative that workstations, laptops, and other endpoints be as secure as those of onsite workers. Unpatched and vulnerable devices used by offsite, virtual, or telecommuting workers present a risk to the enterprise.