Our top 10 tips for staying secure while working remotely

In the last few years, workplaces have changed dramatically. With remote/ hybrid working now being the norm, organisations like yours must consider putting security measures in place to safeguard sensitive information and ensure a smooth and secure work experience.

Workplace security is essential, even more so when employees are working from home. Organisations often find it difficult to manage and control the level of security when employees are remote, as there are a lot of factors to take into account. We asked our cyber security specialists for their top tips for maintaining security while working from home.

To make full use of these tips, you should first understand why remote work security is essential:

  • Protecting sensitive data: in a remote work environment, sensitive company information often flows through personal devices and home networks. Without adequate security measures, this data becomes vulnerable to cyber attacks and breaches
  • Maintaining productivity: security breaches can disrupt your workflow and lead to downtime. Ensuring the security of your digital workspace is essential for maintaining productivity and business continuity
  • Preserving reputation: a data breach can damage your company’s reputation and erode trust with clients and partners. Implementing robust security measures helps protect your brand’s integrity

Top 10 remote working security tips

Remote working security is a shared responsibility between employees and employers. By implementing best practices and staying informed about evolving threats, you will protect your assets while enjoying the benefits of remote work. Check out our top 10 tips for remote working security.

1. Use secure and up-to-date software

Ensure that all your devices and applications, including operating systems, antivirus software, and collaboration tools, are up to date with the latest security patches. Regularly updating your software is a fundamental step in keeping your remote work environment secure.

2. Strong authentication

Implement strong and unique passwords for all accounts and consider using multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible. MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to verify your identity using something you know (password) and something you have (e.g., a smartphone).

3. Secure your home network

Your home network is the gateway to your remote work environment. Secure it by changing default router passwords, using strong encryption (WPA3), and regularly updating your router’s firmware. Additionally, consider creating a separate network for work-related devices to isolate them from personal devices.

4. Use a VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts your internet connection, making it more challenging for hackers to intercept your data. Use a reputable VPN service, especially when accessing sensitive company resources or connecting to public Wi-Fi networks.

5. Always encrypt data

Encrypting sensitive data is crucial to protect it from unauthorised access and potential security breaches. To ensure the highest level of security, it’s essential to implement encryption for data both at rest and in transit. Many cloud storage and file-sharing services provide encryption options, and it’s paramount to choose the most secure settings available to safeguard your data.

6. Beware of phishing 

Be vigilant against phishing attempts, as they are a prevalent method for cyber criminals to steal your login credentials or deliver malware. Verify the authenticity of email senders and never click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown sources.

7. Implement a device management service 

If using personal devices for work, ensure they have robust security measures in place, such as device encryption and remote wipe capabilities in case of loss or theft. By implementing a mobile device management solution, you can be sure that your devices are properly managed and remain secure at all times.

8. Conduct regular training and awareness courses

Continuous education on cyber security best practices is essential for both employees and employers. Consider providing regular training sessions and resources to keep everyone informed about the latest threats and security protocols, ensuring proper action is taken in the event of a potential cyber attack.

9. Ensure file sharing is secure

Use secure file-sharing platforms that offer strong encryption and access controls, and avoid using your personal email for work-related file transfers. This makes it more challenging for cyber criminals to gain access to your files, often preventing damaging cyber attacks.

10. Backup your data 

Regularly backup your work-related data to a secure location. We all know that in the event of a cyber attack or data loss, having a backup can be a lifesaver.

We’re here to support you 

Remote working offers incredible flexibility and convenience, but it also introduces new security challenges. By taking proactive steps to protect your digital workspace, you can enjoy the benefits of remote work while keeping your data and productivity safe. Remember, cyber security is an ongoing process, so stay vigilant and adapt to new challenges as they arise. Together, we can create a safer and more secure remote work environment for everyone.

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Cjay Awere - Governance, Risk, and Compliance Consultant

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