Will the cybersecurity concerns of employees working from home be a reason organization require employees to work in a facility?

Allowing employees to work from home expands the number of options available to organizations in terms of how they operate and structure themselves. With the breakout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, working from home has provided some employers the flexibility they need to keep their businesses running while prioritizing the health and well-being of their employees and customers as part of their public health responsibilities.

However, employers should be mindful of the growing cybersecurity threats. Workers who are remotely accessing critical and sensitive company data are not just aware of but actively targeted by cybercriminals. In this moment of crisis, effective cybersecurity “hygiene” is necessary to avoid cyberattacks, just as hand washing is necessary to prevent the spread of viruses.

Work-from-home setups, on the other hand, can be mitigated by security teams and home office users. The following are some effective security techniques that can be used to accomplish this goal.

Security Tips for Employees Working at Home

  1. Setup 2-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, also commonly known as 2FA, is being used by many major websites and businesses. Make sure you have multiple logins set up so you don’t have to rely solely on passwords. For example, use mobile app authentication, text verification, or biometrics. Passwords have been hacked, exposed, or stolen on several occasions when employees don’t use 2FA.

  1. Use Antivirus

Viruses, spyware, rootkits, ransomware, trojans, and other sorts of malware can all be prevented with antivirus software. Antivirus software acts as a preventative measure, meaning it not only removes a virus but also keeps other viruses from attacking your machine in the future.

  1. Always Make a Backup of Your Data

When backing up data, remember the 3-2-1 rule: Make at least three copies of the data in two distinct storage formats, one of which should be off-site—for example, provide external SSD or HDD drives that are approved by your company.

  1. Work and Personal Devices Should Be Kept Separate

It may be easier said than done, but it’s critical to draw a line between your job and personal lives, especially if you work from home. While switching between devices to pay bills or shop online may seem inconvenient, try your best to keep your work laptop and personal computer separate. You never know if you’ve been hacked. Even better if you can do the same for your smartphones.

  1. Make Use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN connects a private network across a public network, allowing you to send and receive information as if you were connected directly to the private network through shared or public networks. They accomplish this by creating a secure and encrypted internet connection to the network and directing your traffic through it. This keeps you safe while using public Wi-Fi hotspots and allows you to connect to secure computing assets.

Because VPNs make it impossible to snoop on your traffic and monitor what you’re doing, they can lessen the danger of certain cyber threats, such as man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. They can also prevent websites from detecting your precise location or your internet service provider from tracking your activities.

Security Tips for Employers Managing a Remote Workforce

  1. Make Work from Home Arrangements Ahead of Time

Evaluate your security and create clear remote working standards that are in line with corporate regulations. Provide employees with threat detection and data loss and theft protection, preferably via IT-approved corporate laptops.

  1. Train Employees About Cybersecurity Awareness

Cybercriminals are always seeking new ways to get over protective measures and psychological barriers to obtaining access to sensitive data. Train your employees regarding:

  • Phishing, spear phishing, and whaling attacks
  • Malicious email attachments and other email scams
  • Domain hijacking
  • Typosquatting attacks
  • Avoiding installing plug-ins from external vendors
  1. Establish Effective Email Security Procedures

Protecting sensitive information in email conversations, preventing phishing attacks, spear phishing, and email spoofing, and protecting against unauthorized access, deletion, or compromise of one or more email addresses are all possible with proper email security.

  1. Use Access Control

Implementing an appropriate access control strategy, such as role-based access control (RBAC), which assigns permissions to end users depending on their function within your business, can limit the likelihood of privilege escalation attacks resulting in data breaches and exposures.

  1. Invest in Password Management Software

Don’t depend on your employees to acquire password managers for you. Making it simple for your employees to generate, remember, and use strong passwords is an excellent method to ensure they don’t reuse them.

Takeaway

The steps outlined here should make it easier for businesses and people to protect work-from-home arrangements from cyber threats.

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