How Is Covid-19 Creating Data Breaches?

Trevor is working from home for the first time. He loves the freedom and flexibility, but doesn’t read his company’s new BYOD policy. Sadly, he misses the fact that his home PC is not protected with updated security software nor the latest operating system patches.   

Kelcie’s home PC is faster than the old work laptop that she’s been issued to use during the pandemic. She decides to use a USB stick to transfer large files back and forth between her PCs to speed things up.  After a few days, she does all her work on her home PC, using a “safe” virtual desktop app. But unbeknownst to her, there is a keylogger on her home PC.  

Emma is really worried about her mother’s health. She is constantly searching the Internet for the latest guidance and tips on how to get a covide-19 test quickly. To her surprise, she is finding the best information on new Asian and European websites. The URL links seem secure, all starting with https://, so she’s not worried.

Liam doesn’t like the applications he’s been given by his local government to work from home. His friends have much better web conferencing tools and other productivity apps. Even though it’s against policy, he decides to take advantage of several free offers that software companies have made, so he downloads new apps. He tells himself, “It’s just temporary during the pandemic.”

Ben is a student who suddenly has all his classes online. He was also just laid-off at the coffee shop, and has no extra money. He decides to use his neighbor’s WiFi to save cash, which he knows is unsecure but is pretty fast.  Along the way, he discovers that he can also snoop on his neighbors files.  

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/how-is-covid-19-creating-data-breaches.html