Plenty of Americans have been working remotely for a few months now. A situation that may have started out as hectic and crazy has now somewhat become settled as our new normal, and it’s a good time to review cyber security precautions with your staff. While some days may prove difficult with living situations and family members, it’s important for employees to keep cyber security at the top of their priority list when working.
Here are a few things to remind your employees of while working remotely:
- Be mindful of ‘work from home’ scam emails. It may be hard to believe, but the situation we are currently experiencing is just what hackers look for to exploit people and access your information. If you receive an email that seems suspicious or is asking for personal information in order for you to work remotely, contact your company management or IT team to confirm that the email is legitimate before clicking on anything or giving any information.
- If you weren’t familiar with Zoom or other video conferencing systems before, chances are that you are now. These platforms are proving to be a big help for those working at home, but they do present their own security risks. If you are setting up a video meeting, it’s best to have a password and a waiting room in place. A password will protect your meeting to insure only those you invite can have access, and a waiting room will allow the host to let participants in or deny them entry.
- Make sure that employees are on secure Wi-Fi. When working from your own home, your Wi-Fi should be secure, but the same cannot be said if you venture out to a public place to get some work done. Public, unsecured Wi-Fi connections open you up to hackers just waiting to get a hold of your information. Of course, right now there aren’t many options for public places to spend time in, but as things start to slowly open back up it’s important that employees know this– especially when they may be looking for a change of scenery out of the house.
- Update your devices regularly. If you are prompted to run updates, don’t hesitate to install them. The more up to date your computer is, the more up to date it’s security systems will be. Updates are created because new threats have been discovered, so installing them is important to keep your information safe.
- Employers should consistently review company cyber security policies and make sure that employees understand and are up to date. Make sure that any updates or changes are clearly communicated and that employees know who to contact if they run into any issues.
Keeping these topics in front of your employees will not only keep them informed but help stress the importance of cyber security when working remotely. As always, please contact us with any questions.