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How coronavirus pandemic is reshaping cyber-security industry

The pandemic is proving to be the biggest cyber-security threat in the world during the world-wide lockdown as its theme is the single-most facilitator for cyber-attacks like phishing, and COVID-19 related links that people are likely to devour, as a result of panic.

April 02, 2020 / 08:16 PM IST
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Trishneet Arora

Coronavirus has confined the whole world to their homes, with only the work-from-home as the safest option for individuals and businesses. The pandemic is proving to be the biggest cyber-security threat in the world during the world-wide lockdown as its theme is the single-most facilitator for cyber-attacks like phishing, and COVID-19 related links that people are likely to devour, as a result of panic.

Coronavirus has changed the socio-economic patterns and systems, some of whose effects are going to be long-lasting, in the time to come. As the pandemic is being fought by the world governments and authoritative bodies amidst the lockdown, the volume of the coronavirus-related e-mail threats forms the highest volume of cyber security threats. Cyber attackers are exploiting people’s fears and vulnerabilities, both psychological and digital. In order to guard against the same, the Chief Information Security Officers, or CISOs, will have to come up with new approaches involving yet-to-be planned strategies.

As the COVID-19 crisis is leading people to adjust professional commitments to personal ones, the coming weeks are likely to bring more uncertainty. While adhering to the cyber hygiene practices can go a long way in fighting the potential risks for organizations and individuals, cyber risks are going to be manifold on multiple levels with more risk-causing vendors evolving with more sophisticated social engineering tactics and technical expertise. This is the time of test for businesses’ and countries’ preparedness to deal with such attacks and strengthen resilience.