COVID-19 pushed many people into their homes to work. Everything has been moved to digital: meetings became phone or Zoom calls and communication was done via team messaging and emails. Sensitive information was handled on personal computers or home internet. The office became virtual.
Of course, this posed a problem. As people moved online, it soon became clear that we weren’t readily prepared for a virtual place of work. Without the security of the office, there quickly became massive and relevant questions over cybersecurity. This has given way to what the WEF calls a potential ‘cyber pandemic.’
A cyber pandemic: what it is and why we should care
Globally, the home office has become the new norm for many people. The ‘cyber pandemic’ would target computers over the world to exploit weaknesses and attack sensitive information.
Even further than that, the WEF points out that, “In a worst-case scenario, broad-based cyberattacks could cause widespread infrastructure failures that take entire communities or cities offline, obstructing healthcare providers, public systems and networks.”
This could cause massive issues throughout healthcare especially, since controlling COVID-19 is inherently dependent on the healthcare systems and public networks.
How to protect yourself
To better protect ourselves in a cyber pandemic, we need to move towards better implementations of security. This will be both in our personal offices and in our businesses as a whole. We can do this by implementing better security practices and new technologies to better secure ourselves.
Tech such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology are ideal for improving security. There are now technologies that allow us to better protect ourselves and our company data.
By using blockchain to secure our data, we can ensure its traceability, security and identify any unauthorised changes to the data.
While basic digital hygiene can go far in protecting us, implementing protective technologies not only helps us now, but also secures our company data for the future.