Keep Calm and Carry on with Cybersecurity @Home: A Framework for Securing Homeworking IT Environment

Max Hashem Eiza*, Romanus Izuchukwu Okeke, John Paul Dempsey, VINH-THONG TA

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For the first time in modern history, businesses had to suddenly facilitate homeworking for a large proportion, if not all, of their workforce because of COVID-19 pandemic. The fact that employees access sensitive corporate data from non-corporate networks opens the door wide for many cybersecurity risks that could result in data loss, breaches and consequently huge financial loss. Since the move was sudden, most businesses, especially small ones, did not have the time to assess their homeworking cybersecurity requirements. This paper aims to bridge this gap and propose a multi-layered framework that is focused on businesses' requirements to guide cybersecurity @home activities. The framework can be also beneficial for businesses that currently have homeworking cybersecurity policies to assess their compliance with the framework and enrich it.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberIJCSA.2020.100131
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal On Cyber Situational Awareness
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2021


  • Cybersecurity
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Cyber risk awareness
  • Homeworking
  • IT Environment


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