Are your employees working securely, or just working remotely?
PART 1: TIPS FOR END USERS
If you’re an IT admin for employees sent home to work because of COVID-19, here are some useful tips you can provide to help increase their security IQ so they’re situationally aware and contextually risk appropriate in their new work environment.
5 tips to help increase your security
Never worked from home before? Take a step back and take a close look at your physical space. Can it adequately provide for the security and privacy of sensitive data?
1. Assess your work space
Just like in the office, lock your screen when you walk away
Avoid leaving sensitive documents laying around – use a shredder
The use of collaboration software and video chat have exploded in recent weeks. Take full use of them, but remember, these services can record everything you do or say.
2. Choose video chat and collaboration tools wisely
Use a webcam cover, and turn off webcam and microphone access for all apps that don’t need it.
Don’t have confidential email or other sensitive content up in the background. A quick screenshot lasts forever on Twitter!
If you’re truly paranoid, use them only from a separate tablet, not installed on your trusted system that manages sensitive data.
In addition to clicking on risky links, common practices like often using USB sticks or posting photos/videos on social media can erode security and privacy.
Don’t use consumer-grade software with sensitive company data. This goes double for personal file-sharing services.
Turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA) when accessing sensitive data. If you’re a “highly privileged” employee, use certificate-based access and mutual authentication.
3. Rethink what and how you share
While you may be tempted to let your kids use your work PC, please don’t. The same goes for sharing networks and credentials (even for entertainment services).
4. Be wary of your new “co-workers”
Have separate individuals or companies working in the same location? Use separate networks. It’s also best to have separate personal and company networks.
If your network seems slow, monitor bandwidth to see who’s hogging it. You can prioritize traffic so that online game usage isn’t killing the network during working hours.
Working from home can potentially expose your location, account data and other private info. It is essential that you treat your own security with the same precautions as your corporation governs for work.
Turn off home automation and virtual assistants that might be listening to sensitive communications, including your TV smart remote!
5. Make privacy a priority
Ensure that your various apps, data and connectivity sufficiently separate between work and home.
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Working securely while working remotely is both an immediate requirement and an ongoing challenge. We hope you use this checklist to protect yourself, your sensitive data and your business. Download a pdf of this experience.