Our world today is showing great reliance on information technology in almost everything we do. Whether that be business or personal, we can’t deny that we heavily rely on it. At the same time, cybersecurity measures continue to develop to ensure that our data is secured from potential threats.

Then here comes the COVID-19 pandemic which changed the world as we know it. The pandemic forced businesses to either close, suspend, or limit their operations. The quarantine and social distancing measures led to a great increase in the utilization of the internet and information technology to connect, communicate, socialize, and even run businesses. Work-from-home is an in-demand response for most businesses to give the economy some breathing room. Video conferencing software is also well utilized. Clearly, Information technology has proved to be extremely beneficial at this time.

But how about our security? Is it possible that we are hastening the adoption of information technology that we somehow overlook cybersecurity?

A good example of this is the recent issue about the video conferencing software called ‘Zoom’. Although it’s been there for quite a while, the demand for its service skyrocketed during this pandemic. Individuals, businesses, schools, and even government agencies utilized apps like Zoom to conduct meetings and continue operations. However, in early April of this year, some institutions like the New York City Public school banned the use of ‘Zoom’ for their meetings. This is because of a discovered security flaw in its system. Experts found out that Zoom has a relatively weak security layering making it easy for attackers to eavesdrop on meetings. Also, a careful analysis of Zoom’s privacy policies led experts to believe that Zoom can basically do whatever it wanted with users’ personal data.

Although recent reports show that most of these vulnerabilities have been rectified on recent updates, this proved that security matters. Unfortunately, cyber attackers seem to be a step ahead of this. Most of the vulnerabilities are only discovered and fixed once an attack has been discovered. How can you make a vaccine for a virus that you don’t know existed, right?

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies this problem. People are more focused on getting the economy running and such haste could leave many backdoors open for attackers to exploit. TrinSecurity believes that we are at a time where awareness about our information security matters greatly. In fact, our role is vital in our fight not just against this pandemic but also against cybercrime. Together, we can keep attackers at bay.