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Aon expands CyQu Cyber Risk Assessment to address remote working cyber risks

LONDON (10 June 2020) Aon plc, the leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, today announces it has expanded the scope of CyQu Enterprise, a cyber risk assessment methodology, to help analyse 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 SMEs. 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.

Richard Hanlon, CCO, Aon’s Cyber Solutions EMEA, said: “Cyber risk is one of the top business risks facing organizations, especially SMEs. Despite this, the majority 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.”

For most companies, even when return to work programs are implemented, increased levels of remote working will remain the norm. This has already been proven to expose vulnerabilities, which in turn can create opportunities for cyber attackers to gain access to networks and sensitive information. CyQu, Aon’s Cyber Risk Assessment helps to uncover these vulnerabilities and identify key areas of improvement to prioritise in order to enhance cyber security.

Richard Hanlon added: “Our decision to expand the CyQu product is demonstrative of Aon’s proven ability to quickly assess and respond to business’ evolving needs with innovative and relevant solutions. While the risks of remote working have come to the forefront during this lockdown period, we have long seen a trend towards businesses’ promoting flexible working practices. So we are pleased to offer a product that will help our clients to manage both immediate and long-term impacts of changing working practices.”

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