Cybersecurity projects often languish, due to budget constraints, scarce resources or simply because they’re just lower priority in the long list of things that need to be done. But for all the havoc it’s wreaked, the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed many of these initiatives to the forefront where they’re gaining traction.

“We are entering a period of major economic transition, and even if things go back to exactly the way they were – which is unlikely – the transition period marks a point in time where there are distinct opportunities for a new and more aggressive type of cyberattack that is more interested in damaging or slowing business rather than the traditional goal of skimming money from many parties,” said Thomas Hatch, CTO and co-founder at SaltStack. “This makes NOW a much more critical time to harden the security of our systems.”

As Joseph Carson, chief security scientist and advisory CISO at Thycotic, noted, “As most of the world is waking up to find themselves quarantined or social distancing, technology has given hope for many to stay connected and stay secure in light of the current situation,” contending that “any technology available today that helps employees with this transition to working remotely is going to see a huge acceleration and new innovations to help with likely see this becoming the new norm.”

Just some of the initiatives revving up due to Coronavirus are:

  • Cloud migration
  • Locking down the supply chain
  • Recruitment
  • Identity and access management
  • Building in efficiency
  • Expanded corporate network support
  • Patch management
  • Security awareness and cyber hygiene
  • Threat monitoring
  • IoT security
  • Securing remote computing
  • Zero trust networking
  • Social media compliance

While cybersecurity initiatives are rising to the forefront, companies must proceed with caution.