I wish to update our clients, partners and suppliers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and specifically the announcement by the UK Government to limit all non-essential business travel and operations.
During this period, Esoteric Ltd are focussed on providing support to our clients virtually until it is permissible and safe for our team to access client sites. We are available during normal business hours to help any existing, or new, clients requiring help to mitigate any risks that may arise from the changes in routine working practices as a result of COVID-19.
As reported in the media, we have already seen an increase in the areas of cyber and information risk. Many business premises are currently either partially occupied or empty, and while much focus is around dealing with issues relating to COVID-19 and the day-to-day management of businesses, it is important to realise that at times like these crime, security and information security threats and vulnerabilities increase. It is therefore important to still consider the threats to physical building security, since a partially occupied building is likely to provide opportunities for planting eavesdropping devices which can subsequently be activated once premises are occupied again. There is also the increased risk of eavesdropping and threat to data security while many employees work from home – do remember an adversary will target information and conversations anywhere, whether at home or in the workplace.
We do anticipate increased demand of our services once businesses start to return to “the new normal” especially from those who wish to prioritise security actions to protect their conversations, premises and information prior to staff returning to offices. If you would like to discuss prioritising time with our team, please do contact us so that we can provisionally schedule time with our operatives.
While sanctions are in place, we are busy preparing best practice information and training material to deliver virtually to our clients to help them to manage the ongoing risks during this period and to prepare for the time when normal operations can resume. Updates will appear on our News page, or feel free to reach out to us directly for any advice and support.
From all of us at Esoteric, stay safe.