According to a survey by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.
Overall, 23% of respondents said the number of cyberattacks and other security incidents have risen since the transition to remote work; some teams are tracking double the number of incidents.
Of the cybersecurity professionals who have been reassigned, 30% report an increase in security incidents against their organizations, while 17% of those who have not changed roles say they are handling more attacks.
This could signal that organizations reassigning security staff to IT are at greater risk from hacking.
Meanwhile, 15% of respondents said they lack the tools needed to protect remote workers, and 34% say they have those tools but worry that it's only for the time being.
From "Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches"
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