Privacy and Cybersecurity Practices for Working Remotely During COVID-19

Hannah E. Mudd

By Hannah E. Mudd



Just as we are adapting our daily lives, cyber-criminals have adapted their nefarious activities to capitalize on people’s fears and potential system weaknesses during COVID-19. Hackers are targeting connection vulnerabilities and sending phishing emails with COVID-19-related subject lines or pretending to be a boss/coworker using a personal account. They have also been sending malware with fake COVID-19 tracker maps, WHO, or CDC information and making social media posts or comments with pleas related to COVID-19.

Reasons systems and data could be particularly vulnerable during COVID-19 include:

  • Human error;
  • Unvetted personal devices;
  • Devices behind in patches or updates;
  • Public Wi-Fi networks; and
  • Lack of remote work ‘protocol’ or training.

As a result, now more than ever you need to review your company’s data and privacy policies and ensure your workforce can successfully work from home. To illustrate just how important this is, consider Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s statistic that 11,613,547,443 records have been breached since 2005.

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Coronavirus Scams and the FTC

David R. Bohm

By David R. Bohm



Hat tip to my friend, Harold Kirtz, who is a senior litigator with the FTC:

It is important that we, and our employees, families and friends, be vigilant for various scams playing off coronavirus fears.  For your information, click on the link below for a good summary from the FTC concerning various of these types of scams. 

More than ever, it is important that we engage in safe internet practices.

Coronavirus Scams – What the FTC is Doing

Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Business Operations for Danna McKitrick

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Center

Posted by Attorney David R. Bohm. Bohm is an experienced litigator working with health care, government, and business clients on employment, intellectual property, and complex contract issues. He is also skilled in alternative dispute resolution as a means to solve disagreements without litigation.