Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic and Work from Home: Challenges of Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity

4 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2020

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Tabrez Ahmad

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

Date Written: April 5, 2020


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to biggest number of employees globally bound to work remotely. The people working from home required awareness and knowledge of phishing scams, the fastest growing type of cybercrime, many of which are now playing on fears of the Coronavirus. Employees from organizations of all sizes and types now have minimal cybersecurity resources, if any, compared to what is normally available to them. Organisations are required to ensure any endpoint that an employee is using are fully protected. As the Absolute 2019 Global Endpoint Security Trend Report showed, 42 per cent of endpoints are unprotected at any given time. As the home-working becomes the new normal, criminals are seeking to capitalise on the widespread panic – and succeeding, alas. New coronavirus-themed phishing scams are leveraging fear, hooking vulnerable people and taking advantage of workplace disruption. Therefore, the people working from home should immediately get educated about their cyber privacy and cybersecurity failing which the global cybercrime damage may costs as much as double by the end of this year.

Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Phishing, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity

Suggested Citation

Ahmad, Tabrez, Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic and Work from Home: Challenges of Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity (April 5, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Tabrez Ahmad (Contact Author)

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) ( email )

Hyderabad, IN Telangana 500032
+918755929751 (Phone)


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