Following on from our recent blog about working from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, we thought it would be useful to share some more detailed tips on how to keep your business safe from cyber threats. Let’s look at Cybersecurity first, and then how to deal with other attacks such as phishing emails and privacy.
In order to protect your business from attack by cybercriminals, here are some steps you should be putting in place:
- Ensure laptops and devices have hardware encryption.
- Make 2 factor authentication mandatory for all remote workers.
- If you don’t already use a password manager, get this setup for all of your staff.
- If you or your staff receive any links or documents related to Coronavirus, do NOT open them.
- Ask staff to make sure their computer software is as up to date as possible.
- Remind staff not to visit dangerous websites such as those where you can illegally download films.
- Make staff aware that they should not give their business laptop to any of their children or family members to use.
- Stress the importance of not sharing passwords (even between remote workers) – use a password manager instead.
Online meetings and calls
With more and more meetings become virtual, this is a prime opportunity for businesses to be hacked. Here are some tips for staying safe during online meetings:
- Ensure all staff have their microphones muted if they are not speaking on a conference call.
- Make sure staff know how to set their webcams as blocked by default.
- Remind staff not to leave their laptops unlocked, especially during a call.
With so many different forms of phishing emails going around at the moment, it can be extremely hard to know what is legitimate or not. It is important that your staff feel like they can tell you if they have accidentally clicked on a link. We are all human and make mistakes, but you need to remind your staff to report any malware infections immediately.
With more and more people working from home, you need to remind your staff to regularly backup their computers to ensure any critical documents are safe. We would always advise backing files up to an external hard drive that is kept in a separate location to the laptop. There are lots of cloud storage solutions available too – Google Drive is great for keeping files accessible for the whole team.