8 tips for working from home securely

Work from home securely

Work from home securely

Throughout the course of the pandemic, many governments have requested that employees work from home to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus. Working from home sounds appealing to many people: no rush getting to the office, working in your pajama pants, always your favorite coffee at hand. Fortunately, many organizations have technical resources and systems in place to ensure that their employees can continue to work efficiently even when they are out of the office.

But being out of the office doesn't mean you don't have to be mindful about IT security while you work. Even in this exceptional situation, safety deserves your attention. Consider, for example, damage to your organization’s reputation or a large fine resulting from a data breach.

To help ensure you adhere to good online security habits, we have created the following safety tips to follow when working at home:

  1. Use your work laptop, if you have one. It is wise to keep professional information flows separate from your private communication. If you want to check your personal email while working, it is better to do this on your phone.

  2. Take good care of your laptop. If you take it with you from the office, never leave it unattended! Also at home it is important to manage your laptop carefully. Are you walking away from the screen for a walk during your lunch break? Lock your screen and your front door.

  3. Make sure you have a secured WiFi network at home. Ask your CISO what security measures you can take, such as changing the default password of the router and setting encryption.

  4. Install the appropriate VPN software on your computer to make use of a secure connection. With a VPN connection you can work remotely on your organization's network. Cloud applications also make it easier to work from home using the same software as your colleagues.

  5. Email safely. You’ll need a tool that ensures that you can always easily communicate with all colleagues, clients and supply chain partners, but that also protects you against hackers and human mistakes. This way you prevent important information from ending up in the wrong hands. 

  6. Be alert to phishing emails about the Coronavirus. Criminals are known to take advantage of current developments by sending phishing emails or distributing malware. If you have received a malicious email, report it to your management organization.

  7. Keep your software and plug-ins up to date. This is a measure that people often underestimate. As soon as vulnerabilities in software are exposed, cyber criminals attempt to take advantage of them. Keep these types of attacks at bay by installing updates immediately once they are available.

  8. Make sure you are well informed. Stay up to data on the possible risks and solutions that exist. You cannot properly protect your work and keep data secure if you do not know what to look out for.

Of course, these guidelines also apply when there isn’t a global pandemic, but now that people have been working remotely on a larger scale, it is even more crucial that you are aware of them. 

It's time to safeguard sensitive information while working from home, Zivver can show you how. Download this free whitepaper on outbound email security essentials for a remote or hybrid workforce.

 

 

 

Written by

Kate O'Neill

Originally published on March 18, 2020

Last update on July 27, 2021