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Gartner Says Cybersecurity Control Failures Topped Executive Concerns in 1Q21

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Gartner Says Cybersecurity Control Failures Topped Executive Concerns in 1Q21

This is no surprise that Cybersecurity control failures topped executive concerns in 2021. With the effects of the introduction of team collaboration tools, remote working environments and the speed at which these were implemented without effective governance, it would be reasonable to think this was inevitable.

All the top 5 concerns are internal risks, which again is very reasonable. “The roots of executive concerns around cybersecurity control failures come from the hasty implementation of remote work brought on by the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. IT teams were forced to quickly scale up VPN access to the entire organisation says Gartner

Sometimes the simple initiatives including staff training, appropriate policies, monitoring, management and system testing are overlooked but can make a difference to the risk for internal control failures. A simple policy to turn off your computers at the end of the day and have this monitored can reduce risks. You can NOT access your VPN if your computer is SHUT DOWN. Your staff might not understand by closing their laptop screen does not mean it is still not connected to your most valuable asset.  

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