Aon Expands Cyber Risk Assessment to Address Exposures of Remote Work

Aon has expanded the scope of CyQu Enterprise, a cyber risk assessment methodology, to help analyze the cyber security impacts of recent network access or policy changes businesses have made to accommodate the increase in remote working due to COVID-19.

CyQu is an automated cyber self-assessment designed specifically for small-to-medium sized businesses. After completing a short survey, businesses receive an automated CyQu Score, which is benchmarked against industry peers, with a snapshot of the business’s reported cyber maturity and exposures across nine security domains. These areas now include remote working alongside data security, access control, endpoint and systems security, network security, physical security, application security, third-party exposure and business resilience.

According to Richard Hanlon, chief cyber officer, Aon’s Cyber Solutions EMEA, cyber risk is one of the top business risks facing organizations, especially SMEs, but most have not comprehensively assessed those risks and are not adequately prepared for a cyber incident.

“The shift to remote working as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have only amplified business’ exposure, as many are not aware of the additional cyber risks involved in connecting and working remotely,” he said.

For many companies, even when return to work programs are implemented, increased levels of remote working will remain the norm, according to Aon, which adds that this has already been proven to expose vulnerabilities that can create opportunities for cyber attackers to gain access to networks and sensitive information. CyQu helps to uncover these vulnerabilities and identify key areas of improvement to prioritize in order to enhance cyber security.