As an employee, how can you stay secure working remotely? As an IT admin, how can you encourage your end users to stay safe? In this post, we’ll hit some of the top things that you can do to keep yourself safe when working remotely.
Secure Remote Working For End Users
There are three major components to think about when trying to keep yourself secure while working outside the office.
The lynchpin of your security is your digital identity, which consists of your username and password. Make sure that it doesn’t get stolen or compromised. Make sure that your credentials are long, complex, and unique; they must ideally be a combination of words or a sentence, must include a mixture of different characters, must not be reused on multiple apps or websites, and not be something that bad actors can easily guess (like your last name or “password”). Additionally, be certain you have multi-factor authentication (MFA) enabled for your resources like applications and systems. The primary attack vector for any organization is compromised credentials, so make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions to protect your identity from bad actors.
Your username and password are the conduit to just about all of your IT resources. Make sure password changes are happening either on your machine — to avoid phishing — or you are directly navigating to a service’s website to change your password for that service. Try to never change it via an email request.
Second, make sure to secure your computing device. Your Mac®, Windows®, or Linux® system is your conduit to all your data and applications. Keeping it secure is critical, both physically and digitally.
From a physical standpoint, make sure that you keep a close eye on your machine and (Read more…)