Apply pressure to any system - and its weakness become apparent. COVID-19 has exerted the necessary pressure to test cybersecurity postures, exposing gaps - some of them yawning, some more subtle - as entire workforces have been ordered to work from home.

As the novel coronavirus escaped the confines of China earlier this year and it became increasingly clear large numbers of workers would have to hunker down at home, all eyes turned to an obvious potential weak spot - VPNs, which would surely sputter under the stress. But as the virus spread it has exposed additional security problems, ranging from the inability to do forensic tests and general upkeep on systems to granter higher level user privileges to staff to access systems remotely.

Organizations which previously did not have a distributed workforce quickly learned their tools on hand were not designed or intended to work safely offsite, via a VPN or over the internet, said Lisa Davies, head of corporate security at Redox, preventing security and IT teams from conducting even routine, but important, tasks.

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