26 March 2020

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.

*More information below

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

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.

Emergency Preparedness

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

If possible, do not use open, public networks (Wi-Fi)

Read more about this topic: “How to use public Wi-Fi safely?”

Use Secure Encryption methods (WPA2, WPA3).

Change/update the password to your router.

Use strong passwords (Passphrases)- unique for each account.

Make sure to keep software/firmware up to date on all your devices.

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