How to secure work from home setup?
There has been an influx of employees signing in remotely to corporate networks and using cloud-based applications. But this shift could also open doors to security risks. Where should security fit in?
Home office users can minimize the risks that come with remote-working setups. Below are some practical security measures that can be applied to this end.
- Use a company laptop for remote work: - Do not use your personal machine as it may have fewer security controls than your company-owned hardware. Work-issued laptops or machines should be for employee use only; other members of your household should not have access to your dedicated work equipment.
- Use company-designated VPNs and avoid free, public Wi-Fi. Use the dedicated enterprise VPN servers only on your work laptop or desktop to make the connection between your network and the offices secure.
- Secure the gateway: your router. The router is the gateway to all internet-connected devices in your home network. Attackers are known to compromise home routers with default credentials that users often neglect to change. It is good practice to regularly change the password for your router as it may have been previously shared with other users.
- Strengthen your passwords. Use a password manager to make it easier for you to handle strong passwords across multiple website and service accounts. This streamlines the use of long, randomly generated unique passwords and avoids the reuse of the same or similar passwords across websites and services.
- Discuss the importance of online safety. Help your family understand the public nature of the internet and its potential dangers. Remind them that they are responsible for ensuring that their online activities are safe and private by securing the way they set up and use their devices.
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