In view of the extraordinary recent circumstances with the COVID-19 virus, many workers around the world are in a position where they have to operate from home or remotely.
Our team here at Diriga has been working remotely for about 10 years now, so we thought it would be great to share some of our experiences, cybersecurity best practices, and tips on how to stay focused. While we are fighting the virus, we need to remember that cyber criminals are targeting and taking advantage of people working remotely. It is imperative that you still use cybersecurity best practices while at home.
Diriga’s Top 10 tips for staying secure while working remotely:
- Always use your corporate VPN when accessing company information over the internet. Staying secure is vital and if you are not sure how to setup a secure VPN, contact us for help!
- Make sure you are behind a Unified Threat Management System or 2ND Generation Firewall.
- Make sure your computer has 2ND Generation Antivirus installed. Windows Defender will not block every attack that comes your way.
- Make sure your employee’s understand how to identify Phishing attempts via email. Check out our Security Awareness Training!
- Use a separate home internet network for work to isolate personal devices
- Avoid PUBLIC Wi-Fi. If you are forced to use a Public Wi-Fi Cafe, make sure you are using a VPN to encrypt your internet traffic.
- Keep work data on work computers
- Make sure Laptop hard drives are encrypted
- Turn off bandwidth-hungry applications when not needed such as streaming services
- Ensure your home internet router password is long and strong (use capitalization, numbers & symbols)
Headset & Microphones
You will also need to interact with friends, colleagues and clients when operating remotely, just like you do in the workplace. You want to make sure people can hear you easily. That means getting a decent pair of headphones and a microphone (and even a webcam). Operating remotely for many of us requires online conference calls, video calls, webinars, podcasts or even presentations so it is important you have good working hardware. We think over-ear headphones work best as well as a stand alone microphone.
Some tools we use frequently to stay connected while working remotely:
- Google Hangouts
- Google Meet, Zoom, GoToMeeting
Diriga would like to provide your team with a FREE consultation focusing on working remotely securely.
Click HERE to get more information & set up a quick call with us!