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What cybercrime risks do I need to consider during a pandemic (eg coronavirus (COVID-19))?

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Published on LexisPSL on 06/04/2020

The following Risk & Compliance Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What cybercrime risks do I need to consider during a pandemic (eg coronavirus (COVID-19))?
  • The threats
  • Your staff
  • Responding to incidents

What cybercrime risks do I need to consider during a pandemic (eg coronavirus (COVID-19))?

This Q&A sets out cybercrime threats which are relevant to businesses particularly in a pandemic situation (eg coronavirus (COVID-19) and outlines how you might respond to an incident.

Pandemics are exceptional events which present organisations with particularly challenging issues.

Office closures and social distancing required during some pandemics create unusual and challenging conditions for businesses, including potentially managing an unprecedented number of staff who are working from home, some of whom having never done so before.

This presents organisations with new cyber security risks to consider, or, more precisely, existing cyber security risks to consider from a different angle.

The threats

The underlying nature of the cybercrime threat posed during a pandemic to commercial organisations remains the same:

  1. risk to money and assets

  2. risk to sensitive information

And methods are pretty standard too, but your angle of focus is necessarily different:

ThreatPandemic-specific considerations
FraudThe greatest risk to your staff presented by a change to mass homeworking is that more people might be exposed to criminals who take advantage of the fear and uncertainty pandemics generate.
During the
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