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A basic guide to cybersecurity in remote work

April 2, 2020 by Jairo Guzmán banner

There are some risks embedded in the remote work modality that can directly affect the computer security of any company. In an environment like the one we are currently going through, in which this type of work has increased in the last two weeks, it is better to take into account the following recommendations.

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Table of Contents

  • Recommendations for safe remote work
  • How to train your collaborators in cybersecurity for remote work
    • Do a webinar to train your employees
    • Let them learn by playing
    • Test your knowledge
    • Generate reminders on social networks

 

Recommendations for safe remote work

  1. Tell your collaborators to prefer the use of corporate equipment over personal devices; in this way, you can control the information’s traffic under your company’s security policies.
  2. If the use of personal tools is necessary, every device should go through the security measures required by company policies.
  3. The use of strong passwords is vital, as is the activation of the multi-factor authentication.
  4. All operating systems must be up-to-date to make it difficult to steal sensitive information.
  5. It will always be a good practice to encrypt information tools and media, including USB and external drives.
  6. Encourages the use of a VPN to access the company’s applications and information securely.
  7. Train your collaborators in the different methods of distribution of malware and phishing so that they will be attentive to the classification of emails.
  8. Create strong information distribution policies to prevent confidential information documents from being attached or shared through email or digital repositories and train your collaborators.
  9. Ask your collaborators to validate the legitimacy of the sites before supplying their data.

Also, don’t forget to share with your team our guide to lead remotely and the checklist we created to successfully survive remote work.

How to train your collaborators in cybersecurity for remote work

The entire planet is migrating to remote work, and because many work teams had to face this modality, as the only way to maintain the operation of each company, it is essential to find alternatives for the training of personnel.

That is why we want to share with you some ideas that will help you implement this knowledge about cybersecurity with your collaborators.

Do a webinar to train your employees

Provide them with a maximum of 1 hour a week where they can acquire new knowledge about the importance of computer security.

Let them learn by playing

Cybersecurity does not only concern to your employees, it is also essential that these habits stay present in all the members of their family who are well-known about digital platforms.

Share with them our Cyberminoes game , a pdf document that they can download, cut and play as a family under the same rules of dominoes. At the time they play, they can put into practice basic knowledge of computer information.

Test their knowledge

You can send tests to their inboxes, or even surveys to validate the learning acquired.

One of the most effective strategies is to send suspicious emails, duly prepared so that your employees classify them as spam or phishing. This way, you will keep them alert to possible threats.

Generate reminders on social networks

Do not allow learning to be limited only to webinars or tests. You can use your company’s social networks to post tips that serve to remind the company’s cybersecurity policies.

 

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