The ability to work from home is a prized employee perk that offers workers the chance to free themselves from the daily commute and complete their tasks. Making sure that sensitive documents and files remain confidential is definitely an issue remote employees need to tackle right from the outset.
Security risks of remote work
For remote employees especially, there are many security risks – three in particular – that pose a threat.
Many scammers send phishing emails with the intent to steal sensitive information from the recipient or the company. Especially in complicated times – like the novel coronavirus pandemic – phishers are hoping to take advantage of trusting victims. They'll often pretend they're someone within the company, like the CEO or a manager, to establish false trust. Remote workers are easy targets because they're not in the office and, therefore, hackers are hoping they won't check to see if the email is legitimate.
During this time, many remote employees are using their private home network, which can increase the risk of leaked data. Third parties might be able to intercept and access sensitive emails, passwords and messages. There is also the risk that others who live the employee's home (who use the same internet connection) may see valuable company data.
Many remote workers admit to using their personal devices rather than their designated work tech. According to Cisco, 46% of employees report transferring files between their work and personal computers. If employees obtain sensitive data and store it on their personal devices, that puts many companies at risk – especially if said employee ends leaves the company.
Another source of vulnerability is that if you, as a remote employee, are using your personal computer and are not downloading the latest updates, you could be more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Best practices for remote workers
What steps can employees take to protect themselves – and their employers – when working from home? Recommend are taking the following steps....
Implement multifactor authentication.
Use strong passwords.
Encrypt your messages.
Invest in antivirus software.
Don't allow family members to use your work devices.
Keep your physical workspace secure.
Follow company policies to the letter.
Use a centralized, company-approved storage solution.
Remember to adhere to company policies, procedures and guidelines for using company resources outside the office.
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