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Work From Home Is Complicating Cybersecurity Investigations

Redpoint Cybersecurity in the NewsJune 4, 2020Published by The Wall Street Journal
Quoting Tab Bradshaw, Chief Operating Officer

Work From Home Is Complicating Cybersecurity Investigations

Before the pandemic, Redpoint Cybersecurity, a subsidiary of New York-based accounting and advisory firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, did roughly 85% of its work at clients' offices, Chief Operating Officer Tab Bradshaw said. The proportions have flipped: about 95% of the incident-response team's work is now offsite, he said. The company works mainly with small or medium-size businesses.

Redpoint designed an internal forensic tool to collect data from devices remotely, and invested in cloud-based software that allowed for penetration testing, or simulated cyberattacks, via the cloud, Mr. Bradshaw said. Even so, coordinating through virtual meetings, coupled with a surge in ransomware designed to cover attackers' tracks, has slowed down forensic analysis, he said.

"Incident response, by nature, is always easier on-site," Mr. Bradshaw said. Security teams have better visibility of computer networks and better access to hardware inside centralized offices, he said.

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