Remote Working Security Guidelines

During the coronavirus pandemic, organisations have had to adapt to working from home. As remote working now becomes the norm, we are seeing Cybercriminals attempting to take advantage of weaknesses in this way of working.

Whether you have company managed devices or refer colleagues to use their own, here are a few recommendations we think will help them protect their identities, assist you in keeping your company's business running securely and avoid the bad guys causing damage to your well-earned reputation:

 

 

1. Keep Devices up to date

Remove colleagues off the Cybercriminals easy targets list. Remind colleagues that when their devices notify them are ready for updates, they need to install them.

2. Only download software from trusted sources

We often see Cybercriminals impersonate or compromise legitimate apps. Advise your colleagues to only download software from trusted sources, such as a phone or tablets app store (Apple’s App Store or Google play) or a service providers official website.

Learn what cloud applications and services your colleagues are accessing with their company identities so you can help them to do so more securely.

3. Be smart on password choice

Make sure all your devices are password protected. One good way for your colleagues to protect their identities is for them to create easy to remember and hard to guess passwords using Three Random Words.

4. Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Sometimes passwords get compromised through technical weaknesses or just because we are humans. Use Multi-factor Authentication to bring humans back into the login process, making things more difficult for the bad guys.

5. Use Single-Sign on

More logins on more systems mean more opportunities for the Cybercriminal. Use single sign-on access to cloud resources and reduce their options.

 

6. Protect yourself against malicious software

Colleagues using personal devices can make things harder for the cybercriminal by installing antivirus tools and switching on their firewall.

 

7. Don't make video conference calls public

When using video conferencing, advise your colleagues to not make the calls public, know who is joining and consider your surroundings. At Bluecube we like to follow guidance from sources we trust. Read in more detail the recommendations on using video conferencing services securely from The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

8. Protect home wifi

Advise your co-workers to set up a password on their home wifi if one isn't set up already.

If you are an IT Admin you can read the NCSC's 10 steps to cybersecurity for additional guidelines.

 

 

About Bluecube

Security is top of our agenda, it’s safe to say, we obsess over it. Our cybersecurity team can help you to better protect, detect and respond to security issues you might have in your company.

If you have any concerns around the security of your cloud or on-premise systems and applications, please fill out the enquiry form on our contact page today and a member of the team will be in contact.

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