Most organisations already allow some degree of remote working. If you’re on the IT team, you’re probably used to preparing laptops for staff to use remotely, and setting up mobile phones with access to company data for salespeople on the road, or anyone who works remotely.

However, the current Coronavirus outbreak, and the need to keep at-risk staff away from the office, means that you suddenly end up with lots more staff working from home.

It’s vital to make sure that the precautions you’re taking to protect the physical health of your staff don’t create a threat to your cybersecurity health by opening you up to security risk.

A user’s home network and cybersecurity may never be as strict, provide the same level of protection, and be as well thought out as your IT organisation in the office.

Nevertheless, there are some basics, which if done correctly, provide an acceptable level of protection for employees working remotely.

Moreover, to smaller businesses, the ability to ensure employees can work remotely can be the difference between remaining in business, and not being around after any form of quarantine or restrictions are lifted. One thing remains constant; the bad guys are not going to take a break. In fact, they could make an even bigger effort at a time when they believe IT Administrators and businesses are distracted.


What should you focus on?

  • Encryption & Virtual Private Network
  • Equipment
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Patching
  • Physical Security
  • Recovery
  • Culture

Read more about our top 7 security areas to focus on HERE.



CIA – The Basics of Data Security


Can only the people who need access to the data have access through controls?


Do you know who, how and when data is being modified through audit logs and alerts?


Can those who need access the data, always access it when required through redundancy planning and disaster recovery?


Cybersecurity Best Practices for Users

  1. Change default passwords on home Wi-Fi routers
    Weak, insecure passwords make it easy for people to access your Wi-Fi. And there will be a lot more people looking around for Wi-Fi to use with all this home working.
  2. Use different, strong passwords on every account and device
    This will severely limit hackers ability to access multiple accounts.
  3. Update all your devices, applications and operating systems and keep them up to date
    These devices share a network with your work devices and pose a threat if not sufficiently protected.
  4. Disable Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) on home broadband/Wi-Fi routers as it’s known to be insecure.
    WPS PIN codes are susceptible to “brute force” hacking methods
  5. Ensure no-one is watching you (“shoulder surfing”) as you enter your work credentials on your device
    Be extra vigilant when working in public areas like cafes etc.
  6. Ensure no one has access to your work device when you are not present
    Lock your machine whenever you are not in front of it, such as if you’re going to answer the front door. (Children are often very quick to jump on an unlocked device)


To watch the VPN video mentioned at the end of the online session click HERE


FREE personal PC and Mac protection for all Chess Sophos customers

For the duration of the COVID-19 global health concern, all Chess customers who are purchasing Sophos solutions can protect their employees’ personal PCs and Macs for free with the Sophos Home Commercial Edition program.


Contact your account manager or get in touch with our specialists on 0808 252 0755 for further advice on working from home.



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