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The Pandemic Needs a Vaccine, but the Infodemic Needs a Cybersecurity Revolution

“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a gathering of foreign policy and security experts in Munich, Germany, in February, referring to fake news and opportunistic cyber attacks that “spreads faster and more easily than this virus,” he said. COVID-19, and various measures used to control the spread of the virus, has fundamentally changed the cybersecurity landscape. Remote work is suddenly the new normal, with many companies forced to develop the infrastructure to make that possible in the early days and weeks of the outbreak. Remote work already made companies more vulnerable by providing access to sensitive information over unsecured networks but in the rush to create a decentralized infrastructure an extensive and largely unsecured edge has been exposed. “Traditional cybersecurity controls dictate a centralized approach where data is consolidated from different sources to perform analysis and investigation. With swift […]

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