Cybersecurity Best Practices for Working Remotely
Remote work is not a luxury in 2020, in the case for many businesses, it is the only way to safely operate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much is still unknown about the novel coronavirus, and cases in many parts of the United States are still rising which leads. Many companies will likely have employees working remotely for the foreseeable future.
While working remotely has several benefits, both to employer and employee, having such a spread out workforce does present a security risk.
Businesses and their employees must be vigilant in order to protect their data from outside threats. But no need to worry, having good digital security during the COVID-19 pandemic can be achieved with a few extra measures and commonsense.
Avoid Public WiFi
Public wifi allows unknown actors to be on the same network as you. Without a firewall for protection, outsiders can attack your computer and/or observe your data transmission. Therefore, avoid public wifi networks at all costs. Instead, use a personal hotspot from your phone, or your password-protected home network to ensure your data remains secure. The best option is for your business to establish a VPN for all employees to work within.
Only Use Work Authorized Devices
Sending emails, drafting documents, and other activities outside of your work authorized device(s) increases your chances of a security breach. Work sanctioned computers and smartphones may be regularly monitored and updated by your IT team, working to best protect your company’s security. A personal device may have fewer security measures enabled, and be vulnerable to attack.
Don’t Use Random USB Drives
Random or unfamiliar USB thumb drives may have potentially harmful effects, allowing a virus or hacker to access your computer network and files. Only use USB drives that you know where they came from and can be accounted for.
Avoid Public Charging Stations
Plugging in your smartphone or computer to a public charging station or USB port can also allow a foreign invader to enter your device. Best cybersecurity practice is to keep a full charge if needing to leave your home, and only using verified ports that are free of potential hackers.
Use Secure Communication Channels
If not using a VPN, businesses need to ensure that employees are able to safely and securely send and receive daily communications. The use of encrypted email, or secure messaging applications like Slack or Zoom can provide safe environments for discussion and collaboration.
Use Two-Step Authentication
Having employees verify their identity when logging onto accounts or requesting specific access in a two-step process can greatly reduce the risk of an outsider guessing the right username and password.
Log Out of Accounts When Not in Use
If an employee is not currently present or is done working for the time being, they should log off of their online account(s) and device(s). This helps prevent the threat of an individual stealing a work device and having immediate access to the network.
Be Suspicious of Scams
Now is a great time for hackers to push phishing emails and click-bait links to infect devices and networks. Employees should do their best to vet unfamiliar emails and links, and if they have further questions refer to their IT department for additional help.
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