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Employees should be informed to save their tasks on the company's system (rather than on company-owned or personal devices). Check contract terms when dealing with third-party providers to ensure that your data is fully protected.
Fremont, CA : As reports indicate, the abrupt transition of employees working from home exposes companies and remote workers to new cybersecurity threats. Here are five main steps that can help you avoid significant risks:
Control Access to Encrypted Data.
Data encryption at rest and in transit is still critical for information security. Employees should be informed to save their tasks on the company's system (rather than on company-owned or personal devices). Check contract terms when dealing with third-party providers to ensure that your data is fully protected.
Employees should be advised to stop using shared or public Wi-Fi networks to access the internet. If workers do not have access to several networks in their workplaces, encourage them to use a personal hotspot or other dedicated wireless networks separate from the public Wi-Fi.
Phishing and Employee Training
Hackers are launching new phishing scams, and workers are becoming victims. Remind workers to avoid clicking on links in any unwelcome email messages, observe company protocols when reacting to requests for funds and avoid purchasing gift cards from someone pretending to be a company employee. Additionally, avoid opening unusual documents, links, or other downloads; and aware of impersonation attempts to help defend against malicious actors.
Devices and Secure Physical Work Spaces
Tracking physical assets used to access employer networks is vital during times of remote work. Employers will also want to advise workers to use physical security measures to protect any devices that hold company data. Locking their home and office doors, putting their devices in a safe, keeping their devices with them when traveling, and locking their screens before leaving their computers are some of the precautions they should take. When a computer is compromised or lost, several information security accidents occur, and maintaining the physical security of computers that store information or perform computing functions is critical.
External Device Attachment
Data can be exfiltrated, and computer protection can be compromised using thumb drives and other external devices. Employers may want to remind workers to keep these devices secure and to restrict their use of them.
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