COVID in the Age of Digital Transformation

COVID in the Age of Digital Transformation

2020 was a year unlike any other, shifting the way we all went about our day. For many of us, working from home shifted from an option to a necessity, and although there may now be light at the end of the tunnel, we’re not clear yet. However, one of the rare highlights to have come from the pandemic has been the acceleration of digital transformation – which boomed seemingly overnight.

Research by Twilio found that COVID-19 "accelerated companies' digital communications strategy by an average of six years, whilst 97% of enterprise decision-makers believe that the pandemic sped up their company's digital transformation".

What does this mean?

As this article from Forbes says, “simply fast-forwarding digital transformation is easier said than done. To support rapid transformation, you need skilled talent that understands modern systems”. On the surface of it, this may appear like it’s a simple task, but it’s much more complex than hiring someone and buying a high-end laptop, as the article goes on to state that ‘companies face two headwinds: the need to digitise at the pace of the market to keep up with evolving customer expectations and the need to adopt ever more advanced technologies to compete’.

But it’s not all positive…

The levels of transformation may be beneficial in many ways and you may even have noticed productivity levels of staff at your organisation have risen. However, it may have also opened your organisation up to even greater risks, with your staff and their home networks now being a major concern for your company. As they all provide direct access to your network, the routes in for a hacker have just multiplied exponentially, and as the proverb goes ‘a chain is only as strong as its weakest link’.

Recent findings from Cybersecurity Ventures have highlighted the worrying cyber security statistics for 2021. They show that, on average, a cyber attack incident will occur every 11 seconds this year, amounting to a total cost of well over £4bn – which, if it was a country, would place cyber crime as the world’s third-largest economy behind the US and China.

However, as findings show that 90% of UK cybersecurity breaches in 2019 were caused by human error, it’s important to note that security shouldn’t ever become an afterthought as you move into the modern world.

The Last Word

If you would like to brush up on the latest threats out there, we offer free, cyber security training sessions. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the team and find out more about how we can help you.

Mitesh Patel

Managing Director

Mitesh Patel