With the new normal of vacated offices and students at home taking classes online, Convergence Networks is offering tips for cyber security for working at home. Whether you’re following precautions for the corona virus or just fighting the common cold, you can still be productive and safe. Follow these tech tips and stay healthy out there.
Plug in Securely
Sending staff out to work away from the office can create security risks for your business. Using a VPN is one method of handling cybersecurity for working at home, but VPNs often lack multi-factor authentication (MFA). If your staff will log on with a VPN, you should act now to set up MFA to protect your company’s valuable assets and data.
Providing staff with company-issued laptops can help with cyber security for working at home. Having remote employees logging in on their kids’ PC or other insecure computer can be risky.
Your employees can still work together even if they’re separated for a few weeks. Platforms like Office 365 are designed to connect colleagues no matter where they’re located. Using Teams and SharePoint is an effective way to keep in touch and keep moving work forward through tough situations.
The Office 365 suite also offers easy access to email in Outlook and files in OneDrive. Convergence Networks can ensure that companies are set up for success with these applications.
Of course, conference calling is a critical part of remote work. To help you hear and have others hear you clearly, choose a headset or headphone. Either is a big improvement over the microphone on your laptop.
Create a Policy
During stressful times, it’s reassuring to have clear policies to follow. If your company doesn’t already have remote work procedures in place, now is a good time to create them. Getting everyone on track with best practices can help extend the security umbrella that covers your physical office out into workers’ homes.