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Coronavirus: combating the security risks of working from home

With millions of employees now working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts are warning of an imminent new wave of cyberattacks. Tom Kellermann, who served on a presidential cybersecurity commission during the Obama administration, warns; “There are nation-states that are actively taking advantage of the situation, particularly our Cold War adversaries, and we need to be keenly aware that they are aware of the lack of security that is presented by everyone telecommuting.”

In the face of these new threats, be they state-led, criminal or industrial espionage, authorities are recommending increased vigilance. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has said that with the increase in telework, they encourage organizations to “adopt a heightened state of cybersecurity.” Chris Hazelton, of security firm Lookout, states "Students and workers remaining at home, or possibly stranded in a remote locations are going to be heavily dependent on their mobile devices. Mobile attacks are particularly effective because they often trigger immediate responses from recipients - instant communication platforms like SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp, WeChat, and others.”

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