Whether you regularly work remotely or occasionally find yourself working from home or while traveling, there are several cyber security best practices we recommend to help protect organizational and personal information and technology. Here are several tips from CSIdentity:
Protect Your Home
• Use strong, cryptic passwords on all of your work and personal accounts. Resist the urge to duplicate passwords.
• Use two-factor authentication whenever offered for both work and personal accounts.
• Personal and work devices should be equipped with the latest antivirus software, web filtering, firewalls, and encryption. Always make sure your devices and software have the most up-to-date versions to help safeguard information.
• Work with your company’s IT department to set up a virtual private network, or VPN, to add another layer of security to your home’s internet.
While Working Elsewhere
• Employees should keep personal and work devices password protected in the event they are stolen or misplaced.
• Avoid accessing sensitive company accounts on public Wi-Fi or unsecured networks. Public Wi-Fi can increase the risks of signal sniffing and compromise personal accounts, as well as professional networks. Many hackers set up accounts that mimic the names of frequented locations, hoping to steal from unknowing users.Consider using a VPN to access company data, or using your cell phone as a hotspot.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Consider a screen protector and make sure sensitive calls are made in private.
Traveling internationally can require some additional planning and preparation to ensure your technology will function properly and safely while abroad. Here are some guidelines from the Federal Communications Commission that can help you have a safe and worry free trip:
• Your information and communications – and the devices that contain and transmit them – are as much a part of you as the valuables in your suitcase. The more you do to protect yourself, the more secure your information and devices likely will be.
• While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. Laws and policies regarding online security and privacy may be different in other countries than in the United States. If you would like to become familiar with other laws, the State Department website contains safety information for every country in the world.
• Protect yourself by leaving at home any electronic equipment you don't need during your travel.
Before You Go
If you take it, protect it:
• Back up your electronic files
• Remove sensitive data
• Install strong passwords
• Ensure antivirus software is up-to-date
Be vigilant about possession and use of your equipment and information. Don't assume it's safe. Culprits are visible and invisible.
• Keep your eyes on your electronics. Keep your devices with you in airports, hotels, and restaurants, etc.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Other eyes can take information from you by looking at your devices.
• Consider using a privacy screen on your laptop.
• Your mobile phone and other electronic devices may be vulnerable to malware because they will connect with local networks abroad. They also may identify your personal location information to others.
• Electronic communications, equipment and services (e.g., phones, computers and fax machines) in public places such as Internet cafes, coffee shops, book stores, travel agencies, clinics, libraries, airports, and hotels may be vulnerable. You may choose not to use these services at all, or avoid using them for sensitive communications.
• Don't use the same passwords or PIN numbers abroad that you use in the United States. For example, if the hotel safety deposit box requires a PIN number, use a unique one.