Security Tips for Remote Workers Amid COVID-19

As more employees work from home, basic security measures need to be taken to protect the individual and enterprise from cyber criminals who are taking advantage of lax telework security practices. Below is a list of best cybersecurity practices offered by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Think Before You Click. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of people seeking information on COVID-19. They are distributing malware campaigns that impersonate organizations like the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other reputable sources by asking you to click on links or download outbreak maps. Slow down. Don’t click. Go directly to a reputable website to access the content.

Lock down your Login. Create long and unique passphrases for all accounts and use multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible. MFA will fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics or a unique one-time code sent to your phone or mobile device.

Connect to a secure network and use a company-issued Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access any work accounts. Home routers should be updated to the most current software and secured with a lengthy, unique passphrase. Employees should not be connecting to public WiFi to access work accounts unless using a VPN.

Separate your network so your company devices are on their own WiFi network, and your personal devices are on their own.

Keep devices with you at all times or stored in a secure location when not in use. Set auto log-out if you walk away from your computer and forget to log out.

Limit access to the device you use for work. Only the approved user should use the device (family and friends should not use a work-issued device).

Use company-approved/vetted devices and applications to collaborate and complete your tasks. Don’t substitute your preferred tools with ones that have been vetted by the company’s security team.

Update your software. Before connecting to your corporate network, be sure that all internet-connected devices — including PCs, smartphones and tablets — are running the most current versions of software.

President of OutSecure, a cybersecurity security company advising global clients on security and privacy, Pamela Gupta is a guest commentator and writer for local television, print and online media. She is featured on, among others, Forbes, Huffington Post and various industry organizations’ publications. She presents frequently at global events on security and privacy. She is chair and founder of the Northeast Annual Cybersecurity Summit, a premier security, governance and audit event for business leaders and a security thought leader with a 22 years impressive track record in security helping protect companies from cybersecurity threats in existing and emerging risks.