Security Tips for Remote Workers
We are going through some unprecedented times for sure and we want to be sure that we are educating everyone as best we can to insure you are all doing everything possible when securing your mobile workforce in hopes to prevent any further issues that can take a business down.
Cybercriminals are just that, criminals! They do not have concerns for the well being of others. They are going to take advantage of this situation that it upon us. Please share these security practices with all employees. We want to ensure that as we move our workforce to these temporary conditions of working from home that they are following the best IT security practices there as well.
Follow the 8 tips to ensure success when securing your mobile workforce.
- Limit the access to the device you use for work. Kids are home from school as well and may be wanting to use your work pc. Keep work devices separate from other household users.
- Separate you network. If you are accessing the network using Wi-Fi, make sure to keep personal devices on their own separate Wi-Fi network.
- Connect to your company using a secured company-issued Virtual Private Network (VPN). When you are accessing any type of work accounts you should be making sure your home routers are updated to the most current software and secured with a lengthy, unique passphrase. Never connect to your company accounts using public Wi-Fi unless you are using a VPN.
- Update your Software. Before you connect to your company’s network please be diligent and make sure that your device is running the most recent versions of software. Updates include important changes that improve both the security and performance of those devices.
- Use only company approved devices and applications. Make sure the collaboration tools you are using during this time are preferred tools by your company. Do not use applications that have not been vetted by your company’s IT Security team.
- Lock down your log-in. Make sure you have created long passwords or passphrases for all accounts, and use multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible. MFA will help secure online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, for instance biometrics or unique one time use codes sent to your mobile devices.
- Keep your devices with you and log out when not in use. Set up auto log out. If you walk away from your computer and forget to log out this will help.
And lastly Think Before you Click!!!!!! Cybercriminals rely on people clicking links. They will be taking advantage of this situation and creating campaigns for those seeking information on COVID-19. They will be impersonating organizations like WHO, or the CDC and many other reputable sources. Slow yourself down and DO NOT click links directly from email. Go to the website directly to access the information.
Be safe everyone. We hope for us all to come out the other side of this with as few scars as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We will do our best to help answer your questions at this time.