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Why cyber security has become more important after the pandemic?

Remote working effect?

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses and individuals to rely more heavily on technology for remote work, online shopping, and virtual communication. While this has enabled us to stay connected during a time of social distancing, it has also created new opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit vulnerabilities in networks and systems. As a result, cybersecurity has become even more critical in the post-pandemic world.

One of the primary reasons cybersecurity is more important after the pandemic is the increased reliance on technology. With more people working from home, businesses have had to pivot quickly to allow remote access to their networks. This sudden shift has created a range of new vulnerabilities, including unsecured home networks, unpatched software, and weak passwords. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of these vulnerabilities to launch attacks, such as phishing emails aimed at stealing sensitive information or malware attacks aimed at compromising systems.

Another reason cybersecurity is more critical after the pandemic is the emergence of new security challenges. Remote work has created new challenges, such as securing remote workers' devices and networks. This includes ensuring that remote workers are using secure devices, such as laptops with up-to-date anti-virus software and firewalls, and that they are using secure connections to access company networks. Failure to adequately secure these devices and networks can leave businesses vulnerable to attack.

The pandemic has also led to an increase in threat activity. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic to launch attacks. For example, there have been numerous reports of COVID-19-related phishing emails and scams aimed at stealing personal and financial information. Cybercriminals are also targeting healthcare organizations and research institutions involved in the fight against the pandemic. These attacks can have far-reaching consequences, not just in terms of financial loss but also in terms of damage to reputation and trust.

Perhaps most importantly, the stakes of a cyber attack have increased during the pandemic. With more businesses and individuals relying on technology to conduct business, a successful cyber attack can have a much larger impact than before the pandemic. For example, a cyber attack that results in the compromise of sensitive patient data can have life-threatening consequences. Similarly, a ransomware attack on a critical infrastructure provider, such as a hospital or water treatment plant, can have serious public health consequences.

In conclusion, cybersecurity has become even more critical in the post-pandemic world. The increased reliance on technology, emergence of new security challenges, and increased threat activity have created a perfect storm for cybercriminals to exploit vulnerabilities in networks and systems. The stakes of a cyber attack have also increased, making it more important than ever for individuals and businesses to take proactive measures to protect themselves against cyber threats. By investing in robust cybersecurity measures, businesses can help ensure they are better equipped to navigate the challenges of the post-pandemic world.

Informatică Economică vol. 25, no. 1/2021

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