September 22—When the Colonial Pipeline was hacked last spring, it forced the company’s only complete operational shutdown in 57 years, ceasing its normal daily transport of 2.5 million barrels of fuel for five days. This is just one instance of widespread cybercrime in the past 12 months. Online attackers are getting increasingly sophisticated, finding new ways to outsmart our defenses.
September 22, 2021—At a White House cybersecurity summit in August, President Biden described cybersecurity as a “core national security challenge… and the federal government can’t meet this challenge alone,” in a blunt assessment of our critical infrastructure resiliency. The issue of cybersecurity is hardly new and is only growing as we move towards an increasingly digitized world.
As working from home becomes the new normal, organizations need strong cybersecurity measures to avoid becoming victims of costly cyberattacks. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, a wide variety of workforces transitioned to a remote environment. This move to working from home has changed the way employees interact with technology—and raised organizational cybersecurity risk.Hackers have already adapted their attacks to exploit people’s concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.