This pandemic, quite many companies have shifted their operations from in-office to remote working, willfully or not. As you work from home, you must be aware of the risks associated with remote work, especially in cyberspace. In a remote work environment, data breaches are more common than you can imagine. Although you cannot foresee unpredictable attacks, if you responsibly follow certain practices, you might prevent malicious activities and data thefts.
Here are 4 ways to protect both personal and organisational data in a remote work setting.
Exercise physical control over devices
Many data thefts in the remote work scenario are incidental to the theft of devices. Cybercriminals specifically target unattended devices as they’re seen as an uninterrupted opportunity to steal. Additional layers of protection on your devices will help a ton, even in an unfortunate case of theft.
‘Find my device’ tools, passwords and lock screen layers, and data encryptions are a few methods that increase the security of personal and work-related data stored in your devices.
Email communications are the backbone of a remote-work structure. Every bit of detail, important and unimportant, is shared via email among the employees of an organisation. As a skeletal mode of communication, email encryption is an excellent idea to protect critical organisational information.
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Most emails containing simple text forms are unencrypted. Making it a habit to encrypt emails that contain sensitive information can save you from potential cyber risks.
Watch what you insert into your devices
External USB devices you attach to your electronics can sometimes be a source of risk. According to experts, every USB device must be treated as an unfamiliar host to what may be malware, and this includes work-related devices too.
Another way to keep these risky devices in check is by not allowing others to plug into your devices, even if their motive is as harmless as temporarily charging their devices.
Stay in touch with your IT Staff
The last but crucial step to protect your data is to immediately report any seemingly risky issue to your organisation’s IT personnel. In case of a security breach, they’re the ones to be intimated first. Suspicious activities like a sudden increase in spam or a decrease in your device’s performance can all be signs of your device being hacked.
It would help if you were on constant watch for any unprecedented issues to be deftly handled. With a professional organisation like Trixter watching over all your cyber activities, you needn’t worry about your security. Remote work can be peaceful and hassle-free with our experts taking care of your cybersecurity needs! Click here to get in touch with us.