7 Cybersecurity Tips for Staff Working Remotely:
As a result of Coronavirus, unfortunately, 2020 has become a confusing year – with many of us working remotely, carrying out our regular duties from the comfort of our couch. While this doesn’t sound like the worst way to work, this luxury comes with its risks.
One of the key threats those working remotely face relates to the many online security threats. Working from home means that your personal privacy is now at risk, along with the risk of breaching company security.
In this article, I’m going to highlight some of the online threats you and your employees need to look out for, as well as some tips to help you stay safe online.
These are some of the online threats that staff working remotely need to be aware of.
Scams targeting remote workers: Recently, we’ve seen an increase in malicious campaigns that are targeting remote workers. Just the other day we heard about a small business that lost £5000 due to a member of staff falling for a phishing email… not something anyone would want for their staff or business.
Unsecured Wi-Fi networks: The majority of remote workers will be working from the comfort of their own homes with a secure form of Wi-Fi. However, for anyone working from a local café or coffee shop (using an unsecured public Wi-Fi network) you are opening up a window allowing for malicious parties to spy on your internet traffic and potentially collect your sensitive information.
Using personal devices and networks: Working from home will mean that a number of workers will be forced into using personal devices and home networks which, most of the time, will lack the built-in tools such as strong antivirus software, an automatic backup tool, and so on… Therefore, increasing the risk of personal and work-related information being leaked.
Our cybersecurity tips:
It is likely that your employer will have measures in place to protect your online security, they may even be able to provide you with some cybersecurity training, and additional tools to help you. However, if your employer can’t offer you these things, or simply if you’re self-employed, there are steps you can take to protect yourself while working remotely:
- Watch out for remote working scams (Phishing emails & sites)
- Use a VPN
- Use robust antivirus software
- Install updates regularly
- Backup your data automatically
- Set up two-factor authentication for all online accounts
- Make sure you’re working behind a firewall
These are some of the simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your data. As always, if you have any concerns or questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to drop me a message or get in touch with our team at Omicron where we can offer guidance and advice on staying safe while working remotely.