COVID-19 has radically changed society as we know it. To reduce the spread of
the virus, millions across the globe have been forced to work remotely, often
in make-shift home offices, and using a plethora of new, unfamiliar digital
technologies. In this article, we critically analyse cyber security and privacy
concerns arising due to remote working during the coronavirus pandemic. Through
our work, we discover a series of security risks emerging because of the
realities of this period. For instance, lack of remote-working security
training, heightened stress and anxiety, rushed technology deployment, and the
presence of untrusted individuals in a remote-working environment (e.g., in
flatshares), can result in new cyber-risk. Simultaneously, we find that as
organisations look to manage these and other risks posed by their remote
workforces, employee’s privacy (including personal information and activities)
is often compromised. This is apparent in the significant adoption of remote
workplace monitoring, management and surveillance technologies. Such
technologies raise several privacy and ethical questions, and further highlight
the tension between security and privacy going forward.

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Author Of this post: <a href="">Jason R. C. Nurse</a>, <a href="">Nikki Williams</a>, <a href="">Emily Collins</a>, <a href="">Niki Panteli</a>, <a href="">John Blythe</a>, <a href="">Ben Koppelman</a>

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