Working remotely presents a variety of security challenges. Your home may not have the same safeguards in place as your office, so it is important to take preventative measures to keep your information safe while working from home.
Avoid Public Wi-Fi.
Using public Wi-Fi spots introduces your work data to significant security risks. You should avoid using public Wi-Fi connections, if possible. One issue with these networks is that other people have access to them. There is no firewall between you and other users, allowing hackers to access your computer from across the room.
Other people on the current network or other public networks that your data hits between you and your workplace computer are able to monitor your web traffic as it goes by. To void these security threats, you need to take measures to encrypt your traffic and protect your computer.
Rather than using public Wi-Fi, you can use a personal hotspot from one of your dedicated devices or your mobile phone. Your web traffic between the hot spot and your computer will not be encrypted, but using a hot spot prevents you from being hacked by others using the public Wi-Fi.
When it comes to many remote access applications, it is important for you to use a VPN. With a VPN, you will have a flexible connection to connect to email, web pages, etc. A VPN will protect your traffic while accessing these services. It is crucial to keep in mind that VPNs work for privacy purposes to protect your data to and from your VPN provider, but not to the destination, and will not protect remote access.
In some cases, you can set up an encrypted, remote connection into a remote desktop or individual server. These connection types, such as HTTPS and RDP, typically include encryption in their services and will not require any other service to keep data secure while in transit.
Encrypt Your Sensitive Data.
It is always risky to send emails containing sensitive data. These sensitive emails could be seen by a third party or intercepted. To avoid this, be sure to encrypt the data that is attached to your email to prevent it from being viewed by a third party. It is also important to make sure your device is set up so that all stored data is encrypted if your device is stolen.
Keep Your Work Data off Your Personal Computer.
Unless your personal computer is equipped with the same security as your work computer, such as antivirus, encrypted drives, secure Wi-Fi, etc., you shouldn’t use your personal computer for any work-related communications. If you use your personal computer for work, you are putting your company at risk.
Your company’s IT team performs a variety of security-related tasks such as running antivirus scans, installing updates, etc. This is all done to keep your company’s data safe. It is not likely that you’ve followed these same protocols with your personal computer. Additionally, your company can afford more effective, higher-end technical controls that the average employee may not have access to.
Without these technical controls on your personal computer, your work information could be compromised by a third party on your personal computer.
When you introduce your personal computer to your work network, you are putting your company’s network at risk. If working from your personal computer is necessary, your employer may give access to a portal or have you use a remote access environment like Office 365. This will allow you to work online, but be sure not to download or sync any of the work files or emails to your personal devices.
Utilize Cyber Security and IT Companies.
At CMIT Solutions, we provide a range of IT services for Pittsburgh businesses. While many companies are still working remotely, we can provide expert cybersecurity services to ensure your data is safe whether your team is working in the office or in their homes.
We can provide your company with a variety of effective cybersecurity services. Our experts will assess your cybersecurity exposure, eliminate severe security risks, and will review your cybersecurity defense daily, conduct pot inspections, and provide ongoing team training to keep your data safe.