Working from home: Cyber security guide for remote work during the Covid19 Pandemic
When done correctly, working from home can be just as productive as working in-office for many positions. It is crucial to set up consistent communication channels and align teams for success especially during times like this.
For workers who have never worked from home before, this article offers a few helpful tips.
One of the key measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 is social distancing, which for many organisations means encouraging – or instructing– staff to work from home.
But moving at short notice from a trusted office environment to working remotely can create security risks. On top of this, nasty opportunist crooks are already using the coronavirus as subject matter for their phishing scams, hoping that the unwary will click through and hand over passwords or other data.
With the rapid increase in remote working in mind, European cybersecurity agencies have been bundling together packages to help ease the worry of IT Departments & users across the world.
We have already seen an increase in coronavirus-related phishing attacks. As far as possible, that workers try to not mix work and leisure activities on the same device and be particularly careful with any mails referencing the corona-virus. “Attackers are exploiting the situation, so look out for phishing emails and scams,”
We are also warning remote workers to be suspicious of any emails asking them to check or renew their passwords and login credentials even if they seem to come from a trusted source.
“Please try to verify the authenticity of the request through other means, do not click on suspicious links or open any suspicious attachments,”
We are also warning workers to be suspicious of emails from people you don’t know — especially if they ask to connect to links or open files. Phishing messages try to create an impression of urgency in order to panic you into clicking on a link, it said. Emails sent from people you know, but asking for unusual things are also suspect,the agency said — so double check by phone if possible. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has also issued a similar warning about coronavirus-themed phishing attacks.
DigibitVPN Security advice for working from home during the Corona Virus outbreak:
- Ensure your Wi-Fi connection is secure. While most Wi-Fi is correctly secured, some older installations might not be, which means people in the near vicinity can snoop your traffic, So make sure your connected to a premium VPN like DigibitVPN
- Ensure anti-virus is in place and fully updated.
- Spend some time setting up your home work space. Make sure you select a quiet, clutter-free area with a good WiFi connection as far as possible from outside noise and distractions.
- Make sure your desktop is updated & ensuring all the latest security patches are in place.
- Confirm with your IT Department if you should be saving work locally or within there network.
- Lock your screen if you work in a shared space: We do think workers should really avoid co-working or shared spaces at this moment and that social distancing is extremely important to slow down the spread of the virus.
- Make sure you are using a secure connection to your work environment.
DigibitVPN Advice for Employers & IT Departments about managing your network in this time:
- Provide initial and then regular feedback to staff on how to react in case of problems. That means info on who to call, hours of service and emergency procedures if the network is not available.
- Make sure your team members know their passwords to email or the URLs frequently accessed in cloud systems.
- Give suitable priority to the support of remote access solutions.
- Contact your IT administrator to review all access points.
- Provide virtual solutions. For example, the use of electronic signatures and virtual approval workflows to ensure continuous functionality.
- Ensure adequate support in case of problems. This may require setting up special rotas for staff.
- Define a clear procedure to follow in case of a security incident.
- Consider restricting access to sensitive systems where it makes sense.
If you need help during this time please reach out to us via any of our social or business methods – We are always happy to help business’s during this time & work with IT Departments where’ever they may be to ensure clients & employee’s can access everything they need to do in order to keep production up for your business!
The DigibitVPN & DigibitUK Team
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