The alarming spread of COVID-19 worldwide has led to the fastest migration in the history of employees moving their work from formal office environments to home workspaces. While this has helped achieve goals of social distancing and curbing the spread of the pandemic, it has greatly increased the possibility of security and data breaches due to deficiencies in cybersecurity measures. IT departments have been given impossibly short deadlines to cater to the move to remote work, without the opportunity to prepare for this transition. The transition to remote work has been even more challenging in organisations where the IT infrastructure and security teams were operating in silos.
Threat actors have taken advantage of cybersecurity gaps caused by widespread remote work – caused by increased pressure on IT and Security teams, end-users not following security best practices as they perform work on their own devices and exposure of critical company information outside traditional office network boundaries. Phishing, data theft and ransomware attacks have increased in quantity and severity and threat actors have used the fear of the pandemic to design new ways of performing cyber-attacks.
The increasing number and types of cyber-attacks require an automated approach to assessing, triaging and remediating security issues.
The need for improving efficiency and productivity of IT and security teams, so that they could focus on adapting and executing on cybersecurity measures in this new environment, has never been greater. The increasing number and types of cyber-attacks require an automated approach to assessing, triaging and remediating security issues. Also important is to break the barriers between the security and IT teams to ensure that they operate as one cohesive unit to meet the business needs of the larger organisation while minimising exposure to cyber risks.
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ServiceNow® Security Operations helps organisations connect security and IT teams, respond faster and more efficiently to threats, and get a definitive view of their security posture. It connects the workflow and systems management capabilities of the Now Platform™ with security data from leading vendors to give your teams a single platform for a response that can be shared between security and IT. With orchestration, automation, and better visibility, teams can respond more efficiently, reducing business risk.
The solution provides interdependency views between infrastructure, applications and business services so that IT and Security teams can understand the overall business impact before taking remediation actions.
The less time in-house experts spend on administrative tasks, the more they can spend on creating and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity measures.
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