Work from Home Tips

Tips for Employees

Working remotely, whether short-term or permanent comes with many perks, but it also poses many new risks for the security of your organization’s data.

We’ve developed a list of guidelines and tips to assist you as you prepare to work from home in a safe, functional work environment.

Note: this list is intended for guidance and information purposes only. If you have any questions regarding these tips, please reach out to your supervisor or IT provider for additional information.

Workspace Security

      • Ensure you have the ability to lock your devices and any business-relevant information when not in use. Cable locks for laptops should be used when necessary. Laptops and devices should be locked out of sight and/or in the trunk if it must be left in a vehicle unattended.
      • Safely perform conversations without visitors eavesdropping or shoulder surfing, especially while working in a mobile setting, such as a coffee shop.
      • Protect the data you are accessing by using a VPN to log into the company network, and ensure you are protecting data visible on your screen with a screen protector. This is especially critical for employees who are required to be HIPAA compliant, PCI compliant, etc.
      • Restrict the use of devices containing business-relevant information. Do not let family members, friends, or anyone but yourself use company-owned devices or personal devices used for business purposes.
      • Use strong unique passwords on all your devices and accounts to prevent unauthorized access.

Wireless Security

      • Change default WiFi Router passwords.
      • Enable WPA-2 or higher encryption.
      • Ensure your local router firmware is up to date.
      • Limit the use of public WiFi. Always use a VPN when connecting to public WiFi. Never use public WiFi to send sensitive information without a VPN.

Device Security 

      • Ensure all personal devices are secure with next-gen threat, virus and malware detection.
      • Ensure default passwords are changed on IoT devices (i.e.: smart thermostats, surveillance cameras, etc.)
      • Ensure the software on all devices within your home network is kept up-to-date (corporate laptop, IoT devices such as cameras and smart thermostats, personal laptops/tablets, etc.)
      • Review and follow corporate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD,) and other relevant policies and procedures.

Employee Awareness

      • Be extremely cautious of email phishing scams
      • Limit social media use – don’t reveal business itineraries, corporate info, daily routines, etc.