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As COVID-19 turns working from home into the new normal, adapting and keeping a focus on cyber security in all settings is critical.


Here’s what you can do to work from home more securely.

1. Secure your environment
Try to designate a room as your home office, lock the door if you can. Ensure private conversations remain private by turning off Alexa and Google Assistant.
 

2. Maintain a clear desk policy
Make certain all paper copies of sensitive information are stored out of sight and secure when not in use. If possible, shred when no longer needed.

3. Lock screens
Lock screens when not in use and shut down devices when the working day is over. Don’t leave laptops in plain sight unattended.

4. Set strong passwords
Secure your work device with strong passwords, consider using a password manager.

5. Keep work and home devices separate
Don’t use work devices to download personal apps or conferencing tools without IT agreement. Be disciplined in using personal devices for personal internet browsing.

6. BYOD
If your organisation supports ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD), enrol in their mobile device management platform to secure any work related. Treat this device similarly to your work computer. Ensure you are running the latest versions of applications. Remove applications you no longer use. Be mindful of the permissions you give applications. Do not share your organisation enrolled BYOD with others.

7. Connect via VPN
Always connect through a VPN to ensure your internet connection is encrypted and your information and online activity are secure.

8. Teach cyber security savviness to your family
With stay at home orders in force across Australia, the home network is now being used for entertainment, school and corporate access. Ensuring your family adopts strong passwords, is mindful of phishing scams, etc. ensures that the home network remains as secure as possible.

9. Be aware of your privacy
Keep privacy screens on and be mindful of what’s in the background of your webcam. Confirm you know who’s attending your conference calls.

10. Secure Wi-Fi access points
Verify wireless routers use WPA2 and ensure they’re protected with strong passwords.

11. Be aware of COVID-19 phishing attacks
Organised crime groups are exploiting our concerns over COVID-19 to target us for a range of scams. Look out for emails that:

  • start with a generic greeting like “Dear Colleague”
  • have poor grammar or spelling mistakes
  • solicit personal or financial details
  • offer a cure or test for the virus, or scarce items
  • demand action with a threat or time imperative
  • ask for charitable donation via unusual channels.

The Health departments in each state, the Federal Government Health website and World Health Organisation provide up-to-date information on COVID-19.


12. What to do if you clicked on a suspicious link?

Don’t panic and follow these steps:

  1. Open your anti-virus software and run a full scan. Carefully follow any instructions given.
  2. Contact your IT Department to talk you through what you need to do next.
  3. Change your password immediately if you were tricked into providing your password.

 

If you have any questions regarding the content of this article and would like speak to someone from our team please contact us.