Best practices for safe and secure remote work
In order to ensure the cyber security of operations for staff working remotely it is vital to implement a number of appropriate procedures and technical measures. Adequate preparation of devices and systems used, as well as maintaining appropriate safety practices can vastly decrease the risk of cyber attacks and therefore prevent the company from suffering losses.
Safe and secure remote working- recommendations for employees
How to safely access company applications and resources while working remotely?
- Use a VPN when accessing company resources
- Encrypt files and emails before sending them.
- Use company-issued devices equipped with adequate safeguards.
- Avoid accessing company data on personal computers and mobile devices.
Use the Internet Safely and Securely*
When working remotely, you need to ensure adequate protection for your internet-connected devices from viruses and malware.
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Keep Your Antivirus Program Up To Date
Make sure your internet security software is to date and to stay current with your software and operating system’s updates to ensure protection against new and emerging threats.
Back Up Your Data
Regularly create backup copies of documents and files and make sure you’re storing them in a secure location. This will help in lost data recovery (e.g. in case of a ransomware attack).
Be aware of cybercrime
Through sending fake emails and redirecting to counterfeit websites, hackers often utilise our emotions to obtain sensitive data. In order to prevent this, don’t open suspicious emails, don’t give away confidential information, don’t click on suspicious links and don’t open attachments.
Lock your computer
When you leave your computer somewhere, make sure to lock it first in order to prevent unauthorised persons from gaining access to your computer and data stored on it.
Make sure your internet connection is not overloaded
Make sure you do not download data or update systems while on a conference call. This will prevent any issues with video or audio from appearing.
Safe and secure remote working- recommendations for employers
Limit access to sensitive systems and make data accessible only to employees for whom it is necessary for their job.
Provide adequate solutions to ensure remote work safety
Provide adequate authentication mechanisms and antiphishing technology for systems used by employees.
Create a cybersecurity incident response plan in case of an occurrence of a cybersecurity incident. Inform your employees on steps they would need to take and who to contact in case of a cybersecurity emergency.
Conduct Cybersecurity Awareness Training
Increase cybersecurity awareness across your organization, targeting remote work and safe internet usage, regularly organise workshops for your employees.
Use the Internet Safely and Securely