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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Mark Schmidt

Second Advisor

Lynn Collen

Third Advisor

Erich Rice

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

I.T. Security working from home, COVID, WFH


In 2020 the COVID-19 viral pandemic circled the globe and impacted the population of the world. Workers who typically commuted to an office were forced to work from home. Faced with concerns such as where they would physically do their work, to who would watch their children during the workday (as schools shut down) societal challenges we have never seen before became a new reality. In a matter of months, infrastructure needs shifted as millions of people no longer commuted to work. Information technology infrastructure, as well as power, internet, and roadway infrastructures all needed to adjust to changes in demand. With many of these changes looking to become permanent, the global information technology security landscape is scrambling to keep up. This paper will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on many aspects of life, and the impacts they have on information technology security.


I would like to thank my committee members Mark Schmidt, Lynn Collen, and Erich Rice. Both as mentors on this final research project, and as professors in several classes, I appreciate all you have taught me.

But most of all, I would like to thank my wife and children. Without my wife Suzanne’s sacrifices, and my children’s patience, I would not have been able to further my education.