How to stay safe when working remotely

How to stay safe when working remotely

Alexander Darcy
12 Oct 2020, 22:10:53 PM

As an employer, you need to make sure employees uphold cyber security while they work from home.

Remote work may involve connecting to office infrastructure, which employees should be able to do securely. Will they know how to report suspicious communication?

Here are some cyber security tips for working remotely:

What steps can employees take to protect themselves – and their employers – when working from home?

  • Copy whatever you do when working from the office. Every security measure you have in place at the office should be replicated by those working from home. While on the job, perform all the email checks you usually do at the office. Update your anti-virus software when you work from home.
  • Always use a computer screen filter. Also known as privacy filters, these sheets of polarized plastic can be placed on the screen to prevent viewing from any angle that isn’t straight on. They help you handle sensitive information on the job without worrying about prying eyes.
  • If you no longer use the wireless network when you work from home, forget it. Use another available network that you trust to do your job.
  • Use trusted devices only. While working from home, employees shouldn’t log into networks from just any phone or tablet available. Only use devices you know to have proper security tools installed.
  • Avoid displaying sensitive information while in public locations. With remote work, any location can become your office if the tools needed are available. If you’re in places like cafes or restaurants, don’t open and view sensitive information. Use this time for other tasks like researching.
  • Remove personal data and information from work devices. Any data unrelated to your job should be removed from devices you use when you work from home.
  • Connect to trusted networks only. While working out of office, you may use libraries and other resource centres. It’s your job to make sure you only connect to networks you trust. Anything that involves connecting to a network can be kept for when you work from home.

Do you have policies that address employee adherence to data privacy, security, and confidentiality?

As an employer, it’s your job to make sure that there are steps all employees take to ensure data is secure when working from home:

  • Use a secure corporate VPN whenever possible. VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) help to encrypt your connection while you work from home. This means that the source, destination and journey of data transmitted are disguised, hence securing your home network.
  • Read any agreements involved before connecting to certain networks. As you’re working outside the office, you may have to connect to networks you don’t use a lot. While these may be from places you trust, make sure you fully read and understand any agreement involved in connecting. Some of these may give permission to access your data. Do not connect to such networks if it is unclear what data they access.

Need help protecting your organisation against a cyber attack?  CyberSafe are experts in training employees to become cyber aware and reduce the risk to your organisation of a remote worker inadvertently being hacked and disabling your operations.