Cybersecurity attacks on smart home during Covid-19 pandemic

Roberto O. Andrade, Ivan Ortiz-Garces, Maria Cazares

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Abstract

COVID-19 has generated that dynamics in the context of cybersecurity change significantly, due to the displacing of activities of organizations in the city to home in telework mode. The cybersecurity architecture at home does not have the same levels of security as in organizations, even more if the house has been developed under a smart infrastructure (smart home) scheme, the cybersecurity attack surface expands. This context could be one of the reasons why the number of attacks has increased significantly to more than 35%. VPN solutions are uses to protect telecommuting communications but security attacks exploit vulnerabilities of home-equipment and people, so VPN solutions could reduce their efficiency. Attackers have focused on social engineering attacks that use the concerns generated by the covid-19 pandemic to be more effective in their attacks. This study presents an analysis of cybersecurity attacks that have appeared during this pandemic and how it forces to change defense strategies in cybersecurity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Conference on Smart Trends in Systems, Security and Sustainability, WS4 2020
EditorsXin-She Yang, Simon James Fong, Segundo Moises Toapanta, Ion Andronache, Niko Phillips
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages398-404
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728168234
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Event2020 World Conference on Smart Trends in Systems, Security and Sustainability, WS4 2020 - Virtual, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jul 202028 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the World Conference on Smart Trends in Systems, Security and Sustainability, WS4 2020

Conference

Conference2020 World Conference on Smart Trends in Systems, Security and Sustainability, WS4 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, London
Period27/07/2028/07/20

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 IEEE.

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Cybersecurity
  • Phishing
  • Smart city
  • Social engineering

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