- On March 31, 2020
- In Cyber Security
- By Adam Bennett
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Today’s workforce is increasingly mobile, and the massive amounts of telework brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated a trend several years in the making. According to data released from the US Census, 5.2% of workers in the US worked at home in 2017-or 8 million people. That number has slowly increased from 5% in 2016, and 3.3% in 2000. For most knowledge workers, work is no longer defined by four walls in an office building and a corporate network.
Increased mobility comes with increased and unique cyber threats.
Increased use of social media, phishing threats, and bad actors taking advantage of fear and misinformation, coupled with infrastructure not designed to handle full staff telework, combines to create increased risk of compromise.
Clearly, working from home provides many benefits to employees, however, for many organizations, the worry is in personal devices being connected to company network which can expose organizations and employees to security risks such as ransomware, malware attacks and identity theft. The world is now facing this new reality; however, the question is- how can employees and employers prepare themselves with the resources to work remotely?
Here are a few tips and tools to help protect both personal and corporate data:
Utilize a VPN
Using an unsecure Wi-Fi connection could create an easy gateway for unauthorized users to gain access to information and data. It is important to use a properly configured virtual private network (VPN) to establish a secure connection to business data.
Be aware of Phishing Emails
Do not open any email attachments or click on any links that you feel look suspicious.
Multi-factor authentication is a more protected way to access work applications. Apart from the password/username combination, you will be asked to provide an additional factor for authentication, such as a one-time code from a mobile phone app. This second form of identification makes it much harder for unauthorized users to gain access.
Use strong, unique passwords
It is vital that you update your passwords consistently to further protect your data. Use complex passwords for each of your accounts and never re-use your credentials across accounts.
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Ensure that you update your security solutions across all devices as needed. This includes antivirus, router firmware, and security patches. Make sure your Internet router is configured to only allow remote administration from a trusted, internal IP address. This will aid in protecting devices against phishing attacks, malware, and other threats, as well as help detect & block malicious websites.
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