Patricia Washburn

IT Security Awareness while Working from Home

IT Security Awareness while Working from Home

Technology has enabled many of us to work from home. However, it does pose challenges in terms of cybersecurity and data privacy. Here are a few points every team member needs to keep in mind for a seamless work-from-home experience.  

Separate work and personal devices

  • Try to find a place where you can be quiet and private, and where your screen is not visible to others.
  • Your company laptop should be used only for your work, and kept away from others when you’re not. working. Use a personally owned device for your personal email and other communications
  • Don’t send work-related emails from your private email address and vice versa.

Secure your network

  • Make sure your home router has a long, complex password. Even better, you may want to set up a separate network for your work (Your Internet service provider may be able to help you do this).
  • Don’t reuse passwords, share passwords with anyone, or choose passwords that your household could easily guess.

Securely store sensitive files

  • If you need to back up data, do it on company-approved cloud storage systems. Don’t download to thumb drives or send to non-approved sites.

Avoid Scams

  • Stay alert for phishing attempts, and take care when clicking links or responding to emails, especially from people you don’t know well. Be alert for attempts to play on your fears or concerns about the global crisis.

VPN Usage

  • Most [Company] applications will work using your regular internet connection.
  • Use the VPN to patch into shared folders or specific applications when you cannot connect over regular internet.
  • Remember to disconnect the VPN once you have completed the tasks that require it. This will help free up capacity for other users.