Due to the COVID-19 outbreak working from home has now become a reality for millions of people. While it’s important to be aware of how we can adapt to this new way of working effectively, it’s more important than ever to make sure that we are working securely. There has already been an increase in coronavirus cyber-attacks, so we’ve put together some tips on how to make sure your business and employees are prepared to work securely.
When working from home you are most likely to be connected to your home Wi-Fi. If you are using a router supplier by one of the major providers (BT, Virgin, Sky, etc.) you are most likely to be automatically using an encrypted Wi-Fi connection, which is a good secure option
Be mindful of that fact that you may be working with confidential information that you shouldn’t share with other people. Make your family members aware that they shouldn’t share what they see with other people.
If your employer allows you to use your home laptop, make sure that you have antivirus software installed and try not to download or store confidential information on the device. Also make sure you follow any guidance that your employer gives you around security.
VPN’s allow you to create a secure connection between your device (such as a laptop) and a “safe” point on the internet (which might be your company’s office network or a server hosted by a provider in a major data centre). This can allow you to reduce the risks of your confidential data being viewed by third parties such as cyber criminals. You should seek advice from your employer about whether or not they want you to us a VPN and which service to use.
Cyber criminals will be taking advantage of the current situation to send more scam emails in relation to the pandemic. Please be extra vigilant when opening an email if you have any concerns that it might be a scam.