During this time of uncertainty, organizations are allowing their employees to work remotely, but with social distancing comes a new threat – a cyber-related one. Cybercriminals are ramping up their tactics to take advantage of those who may have inadequate or unsecure networks.
While working remotely is not a new concept, a large, immediate migration of people from enterprise networks that are closely monitored and secured, to largely unmonitored and often unsecure home Wi-Fi networks, creates a very large target of opportunity for cybercriminals.
Here are a few simple tips we’re put together for keeping your network more secure while working from home:
Use a Wire
Whenever possible use a wired connection to your router when working from home.
In most cases, it is faster and less prone wireless interference that would cause connectivity issues. Plus, it is inherently safer than using Wi-Fi.
Work Computers Only
Your IT partner should have spent a significant amount of time hand-selecting the security tools in place on your company computer.
Your personal computer may not have the same level of protection and you cannot guarantee that the OS is properly patched and that it is virus/malware free.
If your computer is infected without your knowledge, and you connect it over VPN, you could infect the entire network.
Just Slow Down
Assume access will be slower. This should be expected as there are many more people accessing the network from your office internet connection.
Additionally, the link from your house is likely slower than the one at the office, plus you have to travel through the internet which is not the case when you are in the office.
As always, if you have any concerns over the safety and security of your network, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.