As we find ourselves adjusting to working in a remote setting, many new challenges present themselves. One of which is centered around cyber security and what IT departments are doing to keep their systems and infrastructure free of viruses, malware, ransomware, and hacking attempts. There are many tools like security software, hard drive encryption, system scans, and the list goes on but the most effective weapon at our disposal is user education.
Over the course of the last year and a half, you have probably seen new systems like Multi-Factor Authentication and Mobile Device Management systems introduced into your environment if they weren’t there already. There should also be training provided by companies that address best practices while working remotely.
Be aware that when working from home, and connected to Virtual Private Network (VPN), you are essentially allowing any malicious traffic from your home network to be exposed to the business network. A few tips to keep in mind:
There will clearly be an increased emphasis on cybersecurity going forward as companies explore the best ways to leverage the gain in worker efficiency and morale while maintaining secure systems and infrastructure. You, the end-user, are the most effective means to avoid security threats when armed with awareness and education.