ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202009.0249.v1
Online: 11 September 2020 (08:20:18 CEST)
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.
ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202009.0110.v1
Online: 5 September 2020 (03:59:03 CEST)
The rapid growth of network services, Internet of Things devices and online users on the Internet have led to an increase in the amount of data transmitted daily. As more and more information is stored and transmitted on the Internet, cybercriminals are trying to gain access to the information to achieve their goals, whether it is to sell it on the dark web or for other malicious intent. Through thorough literature study relating to the causes and issues that are brought from the security and privacy segment of wireless networks, it is observed that there are various factors that can cause the networks to be an insecure; especially factors that revolve around cybercriminals with their growing expertise and the lack of preparation and efforts to combat them by relevant bodies. The aim of this paper is to showcase major and frequent security as well as privacy issues in wireless networks along with specialized solutions that can assist the related organizations or the public to fathom how great of an impact these challenges can bring if every related stakeholder took a step in reducing them. Through this paper it is discovered that there are many ways these challenges can be mitigated, however, the lack of implementation of privacy and security solutions is still largely present due to the absence of practical application of these solutions by responsible parties in real world scenarios.