COVID-19 and security
As lockdown eases around the country, a phased unlocking of the UK economy has begun, and with it, a gradual return to some form of normality.
Many organisations and sites are now considering the easing of lockdown and the opportunities to review and establish secure new ways of working and also reinvigorate and embed good security practices and messaging.
It is a timely opportunity to:
- Review your risk assessment, with particular focus on any areas where things may have changed as a result of COVID lockdowns or their easing
- Put proportionate measures, policies and procedures in place to mitigate the new risks
- Communicate changes clearly and effectively
- Provide guidance and training to adapt to the new security arrangements
- Give access to welfare for those needing additional support.
The advice and guidance on this page is designed to support your organisation and to highlight opportunities to strengthen your protective security regime for the future.
1 - Returning to the workplace
Some employees may have had a long absence from the workplace and may naturally have concerns about their return, which if not handled well could lead to disaffection (a known key risk factor in insider acts).
2 - Risk mitigations for organisations
All organisations and sites will need to adjust their protective security arrangements to reflect changing threats and new working practices.
3 - Risk mitigations for Crowded Places
In order to minimise the risks to people, organisations and authorities can take practical steps to reduce the risk within Crowded Places.
4 - Remote Working
Working remotely, if not handled appropriately, can result in unintentional causing harm caused by staff.
5 - Ongoing security threats
Continue to identify the threats from the current pandemic situation to your organisation.
6 - Further information and guidance
There are other resources that will also offer guidance on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic within your organisation. NCSC has produced a guide to working from home which gives information and guidance around the challenges of an increase in home working. They have also produced guidance on mitigating malware and ransomware attacks which provides information on steps to take before a malware infection has occurred and guidance to help organisations to select, configure and securely implement video conferencing services.
The Government also have a website which will be updated regularly providing the latest recommended guidelines on what we should all be doing during the lockdown.
If you have any queries regarding the above or if you would like to know more specific information please contact [email protected]