2020 UK Lockdown Cyber Narratives: The Secure, the Insecure and the Worrying

10 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020

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Karen Renaud

Abertay University

Paul van Schaik

Teesside University

Alastair Irons

Sunderland University

Sara Wilford

De Montfort University

Date Written: June 11, 2020


On the 23rd March 2020, the UK entered a period of lockdown in the face of a deadly pandemic. While some were unable to work from home, many organisations were forced to move their activities online. Here, we discuss the technologies they used, from a privacy and security perspective. We also mention the communication failures that have exacerbated uncertainty and anxiety during the crisis.

An organisation could be driven to move their activities online by a range of disasters, of which a global pandemic is only one. We seek, in this paper, to highlight the need for organisations to have contingency plans in place for this kind of eventuality.

The insecure usages and poor communications we highlight are a symptom of a lack of advance pre-pandemic planning. We hope that this paper will help organisations to plan more effectively for the future.

Keywords: pandemic, security, privacy

Suggested Citation

Renaud, Karen and van Schaik, Paul and Irons, Alastair and Wilford, Sara, 2020 UK Lockdown Cyber Narratives: The Secure, the Insecure and the Worrying (June 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3624789 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3624789

Karen Renaud (Contact Author)

Abertay University ( email )

Bell Street
Dundee, DD1
United Kingdom

Paul Van Schaik

Teesside University ( email )

Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA
United Kingdom

Alastair Irons

Sunderland University ( email )

Sara Wilford

De Montfort University ( email )

The Gateway
Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom

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