5 tips for employees working from Home

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Author : Gary O’ Brien, Director Safe Harbour Security

It’s fair to say COVID-19 has changed how we work today and for some it’s for the better (bye bye commute !!!), whilst for others it’s about adjusting to a new way of life and working.

Whatever way all this pans out it Looks like working from home is going to be here for a while, so whilst you’re juggling work life and home life here are a few tips for you to consider to ensure that you remain cyber safe when working from home.

  • Cybercrime is on the rise and phishing emails are still the cyber criminal’s tool of choice for infiltration of your companies’ network. You are your companies first line of defence and it’s up to you to be vigilant. Be aware of phishing emails and clicking on links in emails from unknown senders, stop and think, then check the senders email address, does it look right? The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has some good information on how to spot a phish email if you are unsure, visit their web site below

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/files/Phishing-attacks-dealingsuspicious-emails-infographic.pdf

  • Avoid the installation of third-party software. If you have access to install or download software to your device, be conscious of the software or file that you are downloading. Review your organisations Information Security Policy and Acceptable Use Policy, are you acting in a responsible manner that is consistent with the policy requirements?
  • Make sure access to your companies’ network is secure. You can start by ensuring that your home router is not using a default admin password as these are published on the net and leave you susceptible to war driving attacks on your own home network. To change your home router admin password, visit your ISP web page for instructions on how to change.
  • Use a VPN to connect to your companies’ network, use your mobile phones hotspot as opposed to a public wifi were possible. 
  • If you receive a suspicious email, call or text then make sure you report this to your IT department or manager, don’t ignore these as your colleagues may also have received similar and early notification gives your IT department a head start on tackling any potential threats before it causes widespread damage.

There are also some things that can help you balance you work and your home life by following a few simple rules 

  1. Get yourself a routine that you can work to without compromising either your work or your family time
  2. Remember to take regular breaks
  3. Stay connected with your work colleagues
  4. Dedicate space in your home to work comfortably
  5. Set boundaries for you and others in your home in regard to the space you are working in

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