Since 2005, remote team members have increased by 159 percent, according to Global Workspace Analytics. While that has enhanced productivity, it is becoming easier for hackers to find loopholes. In this article at Dark Reading, Ericka Chickowski shares a brief cybersecurity guideline for a remote team.
Remote Team and Its Cybersecurity Policies
Lenovo cybersecurity director Nima Baiati remarks that organizations want to hire the best global talents. So, below are the cybersecurity guideline for a remote team:
Use Separate Computers for Work and Home: ZeroFOX director Zack Allen warns the remote team members against using work computers for personal work.
Use Only Office Tools for Work: Relativity CSO Amanda Fennell recommends using working only on official computers. They have security tools to protect you from malware.
Steer Clear of Cheap Routers: Remote team members usually utilize their home routers to access official platforms. CynergisTek senior director John Nye reveals that they have bugs, making you vulnerable to attacks.
Configure Routers and Firewalls Well: Unisys CISO Mat Newfield recommends appropriate configuration of routers and firewalls.
Always Connect Through VPN: Richey May Technology Solutions director Michael Wylie advises against split tunneling. Connect through company-provided VPN service only.
Avoid Public WiFi: AppRiver senior cybersecurity analyst Troy Gill suggests to be careful while using public Wi-Fi tools.
Strengthen Your Wireless Access Points: Tighten the security of your wireless access points, recommends Unisys CISO Mat Newfield.
Keep a Close Watch on Your Devices While Traveling: Fennell emphasizes that you carefully guard your devices while traveling.
Regularly Update Systems, Applications, and Firmware: Go for software updates that fight the latest malware and viruses. Retired Air Force cyber operations officer and owner Stacy Clements also advises for regularly firmware updates.
Switch to Auto Update Mode: Belgravia Cybersecurity owner Marcus Prendergast insists that you should automate the software updates.
Have a Separate Wireless Work Network: Schellman & Co. senior manager Jacob Ansari recommends using a separate network for work.
Leverage a Password Manager: Privacy Australia founder Will Ellis suggests using a password manager to avoid undesired password leaks.
Facilitate Two-Factor Authentications: As a remote team member, you will be saved from phishing attacks with this, according to Allen.
Don’t Add Browser Extensions: 1Password COO Matt Davey warns that you must not use browser extensions that have loopholes.
Have a Battery Charger Handy: MediaPRO chief learning officer Tom Pendergast reveals that malware can spread if you connect to airport USB ports. Use your battery charger instead.
Share Documents on Authorized Platforms Only: Fennell suggests to contact authorized personnel to solve document upload instead of storing on vulnerable platforms.
Never Let Your Guard Down: Pendergast says that you can never be sure about hackers. So, be on guard always.
Follow Security Protocols Always: Remote team workers are always targeted for data breaches, so Clements suggests to follow company policies always.
Ask Questions: Seek help from the IT departments and ask doubts, says Allen.
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