COVID-19: How to alleviate cyber security threats during work from home.

With the spread of coronavirus, every aspect of our lives are changing whether it is shopping or work. In this time many organizations are moving towards work from home approach, which will overcome the work lose during this break but at the same time it is providing criminals the opportunity to exploit your personal data. Cyber security threats are increasing during this pandemic and this is the need of the hour to keep cyber security concerns in your mind while working remotely.

During past few weeks large amount of cyber attack attempts were made. On March 30, 2020 FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received and reviewed more than 1,200 complaints related to COVID-19 scams. Similarly, Sophisticated COVID-19–Based Phishing Attacks Leverage PDF Attachments and SaaS to Bypass Defenses were made on April 04, 2020[1].


One of the easiest forms of cyber attack is phishing. It is the way in which the attacker targets using email as a weapon, it usually traps by providing a misdirected link that will download a malicious file. Mostly they demand user login details like passwords, credit card details to exploit sensitive information. Some practices should be adopted to maintain cyber security:

  • Avoid opening links or messages from unknown sources, or contact the sender if you find any link suspicious.
  • Stay away from pop-ups or advertisements
  • Never enter personal data on random websites.
  • Make sure you have enable VPN doing work away from the office.
  • Download software updates for you system.
  • Don’t use your credentials on other user’s devices.

Effective training of the employees is the best way to avoid cyber attacks. Companies should devise some policies and keep an eye on all the workers, if they are following them or not. Main purpose is to educate the workers to do their work while remain safe and protect their organization. To tackle this, the organization should arrange seminars and training session providing users all necessary information regarding:

  • Phishing attacks.
  • Network security.
  • Internet security.
  • Malware attack.

Thus, we have to stay alert while working online and providing our personal data as the attackers are all time looking to take advantage of the crisis caused by the outbreak. While staying safe from online attacks you also have to safe yourself physically. You can also get some tips here.