News for the cybersecurity community during the COVID-19 emergency
Governments continue to seek automated tools to help them get a handle on the spread of COVID-19, and observers worry about the long-term effects these efforts will have on privacy. But there's an equally compelling case to be made that data collection and analysis on a large scale have life-saving potential. As telework assumes vital importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals not only take advantage of new opportunities, new fears, and dramatically expanded attack surfaces, but they themselves also feel the economic pinch. Much of the expanded attack surface the criminals are probing is produced by widespread adoption of remote work tools like Zoom, whose ease-of-use hasn't been accompanied by entirely reliable security. Zoom and its competitors in the space are working to regain public trust. And both disinformation and spontaneously generated misinformation continue to dog efforts to bring the pandemic under control.