How to prevent data security risks when working remotely

With so many more employees working from home, what are the risks associated with data storage and what precautions should we take?

Companies are extending their work-from-home policy into the new year, as the Covoid virus continues it’s trajectory. However this has far reaching data security consequences. Safeguarding data is hard enough in a secure environment but working from home with insecure WiFi networks on family laptops riddled with malware is a recipe for disaster! So what should be done?

Secure your home WiFi network against unauthorised access

  • Change the default name of your home WiFi
  • Make sure your password is strong
  • Enable network encryption
  • Turn off network name broadcasting
  • Make sure you have a good firewall
  • Use VPNs to access your network

Cyber security for your devices

  • Use strong anti-virus software sanctioned by your organisation
  • Scan hard drives regularly for malware
  • Make sure your operating systems and programs are up to date
  • Beware of specific Covid phishing emails aimed at home workers
  • Encrypt your devices
  • Enable automatic locking
  • Enable two-factor authentication and use an authenticator app
  • Physically lock your devices when not in use and use find my device

Separate work and personal devices

  • Don’t shop, bank and text on the same computer you process confidential information
  • Be careful about what information you share on social media
  • Only use applications and software sanctioned by your IT department
  • Store information on your central network or cloud service, not locally
  • Download the files you need and no more
  • Don’t share devices or leave them unlocked

Cybersecurity tips for home working