Facts & Findings
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- Through the increased use of digital applications and the use of poorly protected private IT devices when working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates digital security risks and highlights the need for taking adequate action to protect IT systems in critical infrastructures.
- Cyber crime is currently benefitting from a sense of insecurity in the population and people‘s need for information.
- States are increasingly using cyber espionage in order to gain information on measures for fighting the corona virus, potential vaccines and treatment options.
- Cyber risks can only be reduced to an acceptable level by implementing a set of actions: in terms of cyber crime, for example, programs for education, prevention and digital literacy must be strengthened and the resources of law enforcement agencies to prevent and investigate cyber crime must be enhanced by targeted recruitment of young staff; state-sponsored cyber activities should be addressed by imposing political and economic sanctions or bringing legal charges against countries as well as through cyber diplomacy.
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