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Cybersecurity Issues and Challenges during Covid-19 Pandemic

Version 1 : Received: 8 September 2020 / Approved: 11 September 2020 / Online: 11 September 2020 (08:20:18 CEST)

How to cite: Ahmad Kamal, A.H.; Yi Yen, C.C.; Ping, M.H.; Zahra, F. Cybersecurity Issues and Challenges during Covid-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2020, 2020090249 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0249.v1). Ahmad Kamal, A.H.; Yi Yen, C.C.; Ping, M.H.; Zahra, F. Cybersecurity Issues and Challenges during Covid-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2020, 2020090249 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0249.v1).

Abstract

The world is currently experiencing COVID-19, one of the worst pandemics that have happened in this century, affecting 10.7 million people worldwide. It has caused massive growth in the number of employees working from home. However, employees have minimal cybersecurity resources unlike organizations with security teams protecting them against attacks. Hence, cybersecurity plays an important role as users can be easily targeted by cybercriminals. This paper examines how cyberattacks have increased during this pandemic and shows how greatly they have affected health organizations, individuals and social networking applications. Results of the attacks include data breaches, false announcements and operations being disrupted. Attacks occurring during this pandemic and how they were handled are also critically discussed. The existing contributions do touch on related attacks but do not provide in-depth solutions regarding the issues. Even though there are many works and findings that were done previously, technology is ever evolving. Therefore, we need to be well versed with current and future issues and provide the latest mechanisms to prevent cybersecurity threats from occurring. On our share, we intend to present our findings on the challenges being faced by the population and its increasing threats as well as presenting unique solutions that can help organizations or related persons understand or spread awareness on the importance of cybersecurity. Through the research performed in this paper, it is found that there are many ways these issues can be alleviated. However, the issue is that there is significant lack of action and investment in terms of actual implementation and application of the available solutions.

Subject Areas

Cybersecurity issues; cybersecurity challenges; Covid-19; security attacks

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