Fears around the potential for cyber security incidents intensified during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic as many businesses were required to rapidly adopt widescale remote working for their employees. Companies were suddenly faced with balancing a need to keep their workforce online while ensuring systems and networks remained secure, particularly where personal, non-corporate devices were used. Video conferencing apps such as ‘Zoom’ experienced a steep increase in usage during lockdown and consequently became a target for hackers. In response, the National Security Cyber Centre issued guidance for individuals and organisations
, warning of cyber criminals exploiting the pandemic for commercial gain through activities such as social engineering methods and phishing emails.