Security in the time of COVID-19

John Nye ( is Principal, Cybersecurity Research and Communication, CynergisTek, Austin, TX.

At this moment in time, the world is in a very strange state: More than half the population of the US—and the world—has been asked or ordered to stay at home. By the time this article is published, it is likely this number will have grown even more. How does this affect security? In many ways, this crisis has caused a perfect storm for security to go spiraling out of control. First, consider the sheer number of people that were forced to begin working from home in 2020. A majority of the workforce in the US is now telecommuting. Add to that the millions of students—from preschool through graduate level—that are learning online. Under the best of circumstances, working from home is less secure than working from an access-controlled office. In addition to all the new people working remotely, there are millions of Americans that have been laid off, furloughed, or fired from their jobs. This also entices a much larger portion of the population to turn to less-than-ethical or even criminal methods of making money.

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