Beyond the cyber threat, governments around the world have taken unprecedented action to mandate schools, places of worship, and businesses close facilities and/or limit face-to-face interaction. Events globally have been canceled or postponed. Whole cities have been brought to a grinding halt.
You don’t have to be Solomon to recognize the opportunity this presents the common criminal—bad actors just waiting for this very scenario.
However, the reality is that security doesn’t need to be compromised during this uniquely scary and hectic time. While employers and employees are trying to figure out what to throw into a briefcase for a month of working at home—they shouldn’t have to worry about whether the physical facility is going to be secure.
The security landscape has changed. Today organizations need to be prepared to predict and avoid threats rather than just document the damage. The good news is that machine learning and computer vision have taken video security to a whole new level. Today’s intelligent video security solutions allow organizations to monitor, understand, and act on their surroundings proactively. Just as the CDC is using data (globally) to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, innovation in cybersecurity and physical video security is using data to act on threats and to protect people, assets, and corporate reputations.
And while it may not be realistic to think a full-blown security program can be implemented before everyone leaves the building, organizations can be proactive and set the wheels in motion now.
For cybersecurity, I encourage you to check out this link for immediate piece-of-mind. I also suggest this post from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) specifically on how to be vigilant for scams related to Covid-19.
For physical security, I encourage you to take advantage of our security experts. No strings attached.
I look forward to sharing more insights from the trenches in the days and weeks ahead. And I welcome connecting to talk more in real-time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post was originally published in March 2020 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.