We have learned a lot from the pandemic, and in the business world we have learned that we were woefully unprepared for even the tiniest shift or disruption to business as usual. In business, being able to weather changes is the difference between staying in business or going out of business, and we now know how few businesses are prepared to make sudden shifts. This doesn’t mean the economy is going to collapse, though; it simply means that we have an opportunity to learn and make changes to adapt to the next major economic shift.

Shifting away from in-person offices to remote work was not a big deal for some companies, but other companies struggled with the transition. Even just figuring out how to trust a newly remote workforce to do the job they were hired to do seemed to be a stretch for some businesses. But the businesses that made the shift and did so with trust and encouragement have kept the economy moving forward.

Part of the reason it was so difficult for some businesses to make the shift was because they didn’t have an existing BYOD policy or other cybersecurity measures in place that were conducive to a sudden shift to remote work.

As the pandemic wore on the need for such policies became clear. Phishing and other cyberattacks were up not only because everyone was too stressed in general to deal with them, but also because cybercriminals knew that the pickings were easy now that people didn’t have their regular security in place.

This opened up the realization that in the event of a massive worldwide cyberattack, or cyber pandemic, businesses, governments, and civilians lack the resources and ability to work together to fight back. In fact, everything from grocery stores to logistics could effectively shut down, bringing the economy to a halt.

So how do we prepare to fight off a cyber pandemic? Learn more about cybersecurity for the post-COVID world below.

Infographic source: Data Connectors

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