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7 top security tips for remote working during Covid-19

Remote working is everywhere since Covid-19 stopped the world. Thankfully, working from home is easy to go, but it comes with some security issues.

In this blog, we’ll give you our handy guide on how to keep your work data secure remotely.

A vast rise in remote workers

Even before coronavirus was a household talking point, more than 1.5 million people were regularly working remotely in the UK. BBC 5 Live’s Wake Up To Money revealed a jump of 75% in the number of people working from home between 2008 and 2018. [1]

Now, we’re in a situation where everyone who can work from home, is doing so. This may put organizations at greater risk from a number of cyber risks, including:

  • Malware
  • Phishing
  • Devices being used on unprotected networks
  • Good old fashioned human error

All of which leaves company data open to attacks and poses a threat to the business. [2] 

"It’s crucial that enterprises educate staff on policies for using their devices remotely, outlining which applications and websites are permitted as well as providing advice on where not to access corporate data."

- Raj Samani, Intel Security EMEA CTO

The real questions that come from this are how can we manage these risks? How can we enable people to work from home or remotely in a safe way?

7 top security tips for remote working

  1. Encrypt your data. A thief won’t be able to do anything with the data if a device is stolen as it will look like gibberish. Both Apple [3] and Windows Professional [4] PC’s have built-in features that will encrypt your entire hard disk
  2. Make sure you’re using encrypted connections when connecting to websites. Look at the padlock in the URL bar and check the URL says https
  3. Use a VPN - virtual private network. This will encrypt your connection and make it harder to locate who and where you are
  4. Antivirus software. Ensure you update your antivirus software
  5. Use a firewall. Create a barrier between your device and the internet with a firewall, which you can do through your device’s operating system
  6. Have the ability to destroy data remotely. If your device gets stolen, you need to be able to destroy important information from anywhere you are. Working on the cloud could help with this.
  7. Make sure you know of potential attacks and how they work. Antivirus software and encryption is a good start, but social engineering - where someone calls and impersonates someone from a credible source - and phishing are ones you most need to look out for if you’ve done all the above

Business with remote workers in place needs to have a policy which covers secure remote working. If you haven’t got one it’s definitely worth the time to work on that now, even if it’s rough and ready. Further to that, support should be offered to workers to ensure they are working securely

Following these steps will drastically improve the security of your devices when working remotely. It may seem like a bit of a chore or something that could take a long time and is too complicated but, the benefits massively outway the potential negatives.

[1] news.bbc.co.uk

[2] cbronline.com 

[3] intego.com

[4] windowscentral.com

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