In the News: Comparing the Coronavirus Upsurge to Cybercrime

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Thousands of tourists are in lockdown. Panic, outrage, and delays galore. 

Coronavirus has struck our floating sphere by storm with the death toll and volume of cases rising by the hour. On the 29th of January 7, 711 cases were counted in China, with the contagious virus set to spread throughout the country and beyond.

We can extend this tragic outbreak case and compare it loosely to cybercrime. In 2019, 48% of UK businesses faced at least one online threat. Although we are aware of the consequences of exposure to viruses and infection online, some of us do not necessarily fuse together our knowledge and effective precaution methods like China has in terms of border control, stopping flights, and protective clothing.

As consumers of the internet, the biggest home in the world, we are comfortable on our most visited sites, accept all sorts of cookies, click on links we are unsure of, visit unsecured sites just for a second and are under the dangerous perception that we are completely safe online when surfing the www.

With the growing sophistication of cyber attacks and case studies of hacking scandals, we need to act fast to protect the insides/ ’the guts’ of our devices from infection, just like coronavirus. Of course we cannot catch an online virus from another physical human being, but social media sites, for example, are used as clever camouflages, a hotspot for hackers to release bugs, play games, steal your details and spy on your every mouse move. 

Experts in protecting technology are brightening up our online paths with switched-on security scanners, and innovation in cybersecurity is evolving at a rapid rate to prevent attacks (as mentioned in our 2020 Tech Predictions blog post in regards to the HP Dragonfly and Sure Sense).

A disadvantage to end users is how some businesses consider cybersecurity as an ‘add on’ or accessory, instead of a mandatory infrastructure integration.

Our Advice

Take action now and prevent attacks from a)happening b)spreading.

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