With more people working home from home now than ever before, there are a lot of concerns businesses have with the security of sensitive data. It's important to know how to keep your work safe as you transition from the office to your kitchen table, so here are a few tips for making sure you're doing everything you can to stay safe in your new work routine.
When you're working from the office, whatever network your employer uses is guaranteed to be secure, with any necessary firewalls in place. But working from home might mean a slight downgrade in network security. It might be time to look into your network provider and make sure nobody else has access to whatever you're looking at when you're working from home.
Now that you're most likely having to work from your personal laptop or desktop computer, it's important to make sure you're securing your work accounts with more than one form of identification. Stealing passwords is fairly easy these days, particularly if it's a simple username with one password attached. Plus, if you're working from the local coffee shop, you'll be safe if your laptop gets swiped while you're in the bathroom. Ask your employer about multifactor authentication for your work laptop and accounts.
Having greater "data awareness" means you're always aware of your work space and equipment as being solely for work, so letting someone else use those resources can cause you to become more casual and less guarded around your work. It's also important to make sure your physical workspace is safe, particularly if you use expensive equipment. This could mean having a door to shut so pets or children can't enter your office unattended, or just keeping your laptop off the family table to avoid orange juice spills.
Wherever you work is guaranteed to have their own policies in place regarding workplace security. You might not have heard about these policies since being onboarded when you began work, but this is a good time to brush up and make sure you're on top of everything they require. Most likely this will involve storing work data in a single, safe location accessible to the company, not in your own private computer files or on random USB's.
Keeping everything in one centralized, shared location will decrease the chances of data theft or losing important files, and will ensure that your company is able to take responsibility for data once you're no longer using it.
Because you're working from home now, you won't have the advantage of the IT guy down the hall available at any moment to help out with computer issues. This is why it's important to take initiative by getting some good antivirus software on your computer, and making sure it's updated at all times. A virus can do everything from stealing important information to rendering your work device totally unusable, so it's important to make sure you're protected. Many network providers offer free antivirus software, so this is a relatively easy step towards being more secure working from home.
In general, it's best to make sure you're playing it safe and not visiting sketchy websites or sharing information from your work laptop. Being safe can be about having the right software, or following the right guidelines, but a lot of safety comes from being aware of danger and vigilant about practicing safety measures. Before long, it'll become second nature and your home office will be just as safe as your cubicle.
Publish Date: March 12, 2021 5:34 PM