Remote work is becoming increasingly important, due in part to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As many L&D organizations require workers to complete tasks remotely, it is paramount for these employees to prioritize cybersecurity.
Business data and devices can be breached in a traditional office setting or at home. But, with the right approach to cybersecurity, remote workers can safeguard their business data and devices against cyberattacks. These employees may be well-equipped to stop cyberattacks before they lead to costly, time-consuming data breaches that damage an L&D organization’s brand reputation and revenues, too.
Now, let’s look at five cybersecurity tips for remote workers.
Deploy Antivirus Software
Use antivirus software on all business devices. This software should come from a credible technology vendor, and it should be updated regularly.
Antivirus software helps remote employees quickly identify potential cyber threats. In doing so, the software lowers the risk of a cyberattack or data breach. It can also help remote workers protect their business devices against current and emerging cyber threats.
Secure Your Home Network
Ensure your Wi-Fi network is encrypted and password-protected. If necessary, review your home router settings and update the password associated with your router.
Poor home network security is a major problem that often goes unaddressed among remote employees. However, a proactive approach to home network security can deliver long-lasting benefits. If you assess your home network, you can verify it is secure. Additionally, you can monitor your home network security regularly to consistently guard against cyberattacks.
Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Ask your employer if a VPN is available; with a VPN, you can establish a secure connection to business data, regardless of location. Plus, a VPN makes it simple to encrypt this data, so it minimizes the risk that cybercriminals can illegally access it.
A VPN can be exceedingly important for remote workers who decide to use a public Wi-Fi network too. Whenever possible, remote employees should use a secure Wi-Fi connection. In the event that these employees leverage public Wi-Fi, they should utilize a VPN to further reduce the risk of a data breach.
Keep an Eye Out for Phishing Scams
Watch for phishing emails that cybercriminals commonly use to penetrate business devices. These emails often contain misspelled words in the message subject line and body. They also frequently come from unknown senders and encourage recipients to share their personal information.
Phishing emails can cause severe damage, as they can allow a cybercriminal to unlawfully access business data and devices. If you believe you have received a phishing email, notify your supervisor, so he or she can alert other employees about a potential phishing campaign. And if you inadvertently click on a malicious link or attachment in a phishing email, you should alert your supervisor as well.
Stay Up to Date on Cybersecurity
Keep in touch with your employer about cybersecurity. This allows a remote worker to stay up to date about any cyber threats that may impact him or her.
Also, err on the side of caution relative to cybersecurity. Remote employees who work carefully can take the steps necessary to avoid putting their business data and devices in danger now and in the future.
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