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COVID-19 Seen As Turning Point For For Online Cyber-Security

•, Ian Stevenson

The COVID-19 pandemic the world currently finds itself in is worrying for everyone. From fears around job security to health and wellbeing of friends and family, it is a concerning time for all. The coronavirus is seeming to bring out both the best in humanity, with greater sense of community and people volunteering for the NHS in unprecedented numbers, but it also gives room for the darker side of human instinct to flourish.

As many more adults and children across the world are now working and being educated from home, potentially spending a larger amount of time online, observers fear that there is a greater chance of online platforms being used for harm, increasing child safety issues. Cybercriminals are amongst the most adept at exploit emerging opportunities and vulnerabilities during the pandemic, from aping official government communications on the virus in the form of phishing through to more typical predatory behaviour.