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Cyber security during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has escalated the risk of malicious cyber attacks as organisations large and small increase their reliance on remote working and online services. This page gathers together ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources providing practical advice on how to keep your IT systems and networks safe.

ICAEW insights

Coronavirus guide: cyber hygiene and data


Criminals thrive in times of uncertainty and fear, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has already reported an increase in cyber threats which refer directly to the coronavirus. This guide outlines the key steps to basic cyber hygiene and highlights some useful resources.

Coronavirus and a new wave of cyber attacks – a reminder of some of the basics


It’s a sad fact that criminals thrive in times of uncertainty and fear, and there’s already been a spike in cyber attacks related to the coronavirus outbreak. With so many employees now working at home, often using new unfamiliar apps, companies need to be especially vigilant regarding cyber threats. So here is a quick reminder of some basic good practices and some useful resources to share with staff.

External resources

Home working: preparing your organisation and staff

NCSC 17-03-2020

Guide by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to help organisations protect against risks from increased home working, plus advice on spotting coronavirus (COVID-19) scam emails. It gives practical recommendations on setting up new accounts and accesses, preparing for home working, controlling access to corporate systems, helping staff to look after devices, removable media, using personal rather than work devices – alongside links to more detailed guidance on choosing and setting up systems.

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