A business continuity plan (BCP) ensures organizations continue operating in the event of an interruption like a hurricane, earthquake or fire. Like the old saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Few businesses however anticipated a global pandemic like COVID-19. Despite the increase in remote work over the last decade, even the most comprehensive BCPs were stress tested against the sudden shift from the corporate office to the home office, couch, or dining room table. As IT departments ordered more VPN and video conferencing licenses, CISOs pivoted to address the security and governance challenges that arise when employees use home networks and personal devices to access sensitive data. While COVID-19 pinpointed limitations in most BCPs, the best CISOs adapted quickly by leveraging strong fundamentals and some quick decision making.
CISO Street recently moderated a virtual CISO panel and asked panelists about their perspectives on several cybersecurity issues and trends. In this video, Bill Bowman, CISO with Emburse, Arun DeSouza, CISO for Nexteer Automotive, and Zahira Gonzalvo, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer for Flagstar Bank, discuss lessons learned from the sudden shift to remote work following the COVID-19 outbreak.