Digital Effects of Covid-19

With Covid-19 forcing people to work from home and finish school online, everyday routines have changed. New opportunities for hackers are convenient as more log on from their own residency. Vulnerabilities are high when workers switch to their personal computers functioning off of easily accessible Wifi routers. Experts advise to heighten up with safety tips as criminals take advantage of the crisis.


 Malware can easily transfer from one device to the next inside a house, and it only takes one. Criminals are creating websites posed as informatives on the virus and using apps to trick users online. There are many security risks that come along and expose employees. Federal workers that need to manage classified topics find it difficult in the home setting. Intelligence officials will have to help digitally secure their work outside the office. VPNs in agencies will have to be capable of handling 70%-90% of the workforce, which poses a challenge although not all government agencies solely depend on them.


The job is done less efficiently as well because of the caution. Some senior military and government officials are able to perform secret work from home, but are very high up. Agencies have imposed safety measures on staff ensuing more flexible policies and schedules. Classified work can be contained inside limited facilities according to a retired US Navy rear admiral and senior vice president of government services for the secure communications firm RigNet. There’s also a notable amount of Americans who don’t have broadband, or a good internet connection. Another problem is some may not be able to tend to their duties because their job is highly sensitive.


Digital transformation for enterprises are not as vulnerable to the pandemic as those who lead in work resource transformation, but they have an overall higher work efficiency. Corporate executives can take this time as a business opportunity to advance the application of digital strategies to make sure they develop sustainable innovation. Commissions like the Federal Communications Commission previously transitioned to virtual desktops allowing employees to work from a total digital workstation, so adapting to cris is easier.


Other effects include companies and websites such as Apple and Facebook, as well as phone services like T-Mobile donating millions of dollars to fund and help those with Covid-19. Apple let its customers off the hook for the month of March on Apple Cards, and select ISPs have promised to not charge late fees or overcharge. A video recording service, Loom, has contributed by administering Loom Pro for free so teachers and educational institutions can use it. Google even made a COVID-19 fund allowing temporary staff and vendors from all over the world to take already paid sick leave if they likely have the virus or are quarantined from work.