Companies are hiring more remote employees nowadays. However, executive buy-ins are hard. A Shred-it report suggests that 86% of C-suite leaders think remote work can increase data breach risk. In this article at Forbes, Andrew Arnold discusses 5 cybersecurity best practices remote employees must follow.
Remote Employees and Cybersecurity Practices
CybSafe has reported that one-third of UK businesses suffered data breaches because of remote employees. While it is too true to be ignored, organizations need global talents for their businesses. Following are the 5 cybersecurity best practices a remote employee must follow:
Keep Your Devices Safe: People lose laptops in airports every 53 seconds. Remote employees must bear in mind that cybercriminals can try every means to steal data. Keep an eye out for your devices, turn the “Find my device” option, and lock screens securely. You can also try data encryption solutions to tighten personal security.
Be Cautious Around Public Wi-Fi and Computers: Remote employees should be cautious before logging into public Wi-Fi and computers in public places. When you are logged into one, do not open any sensitive folders. Sit where the screen is facing the wall. Uncheck “Remember credentials” options, log out of everything, and restart to remove temporary file before leaving the place. Manually delete all the documents you have downloaded there. Browse privately, if possible.
Encrypt Your Emails: Remote employees that send sensitive information over emails must use email encryptions. This will prevent hackers from prying into and stealing confidential data.
Scan Every USB Device: Scan every USB device, as per the St. Bonaventure’s program. Remote employees should avoid inserting unchecked USB devices to their work computers to prevent spreading malware unknowingly.
Report Issue to IT Immediately: When you encounter an anomaly, report to the IT department immediately. Too many popup advertisements, decreased performance, regular error messages, new homepage or search engine, and anti-virus alerts are indicators.
To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewarnold/2019/04/06/5-essential-cybersecurity-best-practices-to-follow-as-a-remote-employee/#2106700c2313