Working From Home

With more and more companies making the switch to work from home, it is vital that businesses are ready for the changes this brings and how to best prepare for them. In some circumstances, employees may not have experienced this before and may need appropriate training otherwise, employees could potentially be unable to complete tasks or even introduce risks to the company network.

Companies need to make sure they have taken the necessary steps to mitigate threats against their networks. A few tips have been suggested below to improve security and reduce the likelihood of a successful attack.

When setting up new accounts for users, ensure that a strong password is set and it is highly recommended that you implement two-factor authentication (2FA). This additional layer of security significantly helps to keep accounts secure by adding a further check before access is granted.

If many users are working from home for the first time, it might help to write a list of “how-to guides” informing users of what changes to expect and how to safely connect to the network, providing contact details for support if necessary.

Employees that take work devices home carry the risk of loss or theft of the device. Whilst this may be unlikely during a quarantine period due to limited travel, all devices should use encrypted disk storage to ensure the contents can only be accessed by authorised users. This is often a feature in most operating systems but may need to be activated or configured before use.

Finally, all staff should be aware of the appropriate steps to report security issues in a timely manner.