Across the globe, millions of employees are being advised to work from home in response to the pandemic. That said, switching to a remote work setup can heighten security risks for the organisation because remote work environments do not usually have the same level of security as in the office. It is crucial that both employers and employees do not overlook the security and technical implications whilst working remotely.
Here are the best practices to maintain productivity, while ensuring a secured business operation functioning outside of the office.
Best Practices for Remote Workers
Here are the best actions remote employees should take to safeguard their company’s data.
Assess your physical workplace and if possible, choose a separate room as dedicated workspace
Do not allow family members to use your work devices
Lock your screen when you walk away
Make privacy a priority
Use a Work-Only Device, If Possible
Ensure all security settings are configured to run updates automatically
Install anti-virus and enable auto updates
Turn on your computer’s firewall
Use password managers with end-to-end AES256 bit encryption
Enable two-factor authentication and use an authenticator app
Use your phone for 2FA
Use SSH keys
Encrypt sensitive information
Change your passwords on a regular basis
Only use company-approved programs
Hide confidential information when taking screenshots
Save all work data in a secure location approved by the company
Always have multiple back-ups of your important files
Avoid clicking on pop-ups, unknown emails, and links
Prevent External Device Attachment
Make sure you are using a secure connection
Avoid using public networks
Use company-authorised virtual private network to encrypts all communications
Secure your wireless router
Make sure all internet-enabled devices are updated
Turn off webcam and microphone access for apps that you do not use for work
Use headphones to prevent others from listening in on your conversations.
Always check email senders before opening email content.
Reach out to your IT department when you encounter anything suspicious or need help
Best Practices for Employers
As a business owner, it is smart to learn about cybersecurity best practices and share it with your employees to protect your organisation.
Determine what endpoint protection you will require for remote workers
Ensure that employees are using only company-authorised virtual private network (VPN) solutions
Turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA)
Enforce strong authentication policies
Provide a cloud-based file storage where remote workers can store company’s data
Restrict installation/usage of unauthorised tools
Setup file access restrictions
Setup reasonable session timeouts for sensitive programs or applications
Write and enforce a remote work policy
Conduct cyber security training for employees
Educate employees on common cyberattacks
Encourage employees to be cautious, suspicious and vigilant
Be aware of evolving threats
Organisations that seek to understand the heightened security risk of remote workforce and take steps to address it will improve their privacy and safety online against cyber criminals.
Talk to us today to see how we can improve the security of your business to navigate the cyber security risks of the modern business world.