A DD (Dos and Don’ts) Guide on Cybersecurity for Work from home

By Samudra Vijay In Blog, Cybersecurity, work from home

26

Mar
2020
There is a global shift happening, and SAM IT Solutions is here to guide, advise, and show you through it all. You’re among the emerging trend of remote workers who work from their home office. This handy guide helps you maximize your newfound freedom (and responsibility). These tips don’t only apply to individual contributors, but also managers and team leaders. Cyber Security work from the home office affords many benefits to increase performance, business continuity, and achieve greater work-life balance .
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  • Have a comfortable work spot – don’t work on your couch or bed, posture is important when you are working for long hours
  • Make sure your work spot is camera friendly, is well ventilated, has good Internet connectivity and a power source.
  • Take your work seriously and avoid engaging in entertainment or family time during work hours
  • Avoid working all over the house or moving around when talking or working – there can be embarrassing moments!
  • Have a daily routine – similar to a day at the office – once you are done for the day don’t go back! (It is like having one solid meal versus nibbling throughout the day!)
  • Be dressed during work hours – you may need to come in front of a camera at short notice!
  • Plan your day
  • Ask your teams and managers to create more collaborative schedules and tasks
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  • When you work from home, you are connected to the rest of the world through ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
  • ICT includes: Networking devices, Phones, Internet connectivity, Monitor, Computer, Laptop and other devices. It also includes the Software you use and access. Setting up all the devices, connecting and configuring them can be a challenge.
  • Draw a map of your network – it is an exercise that helps you identify various devices that you are using and comes in handy when you need to troubleshoot.
  • Learn how to reset your modem, router and other devices that you don’t use often. Jot down the phone number for customer service at the ISP (Internet Service Provider) You may need to call them if you lose connectivity. Keep your account number, address and other identification information ready.
  • Use a Desktop or Laptop for work NOT your smart phone. Use the phone as a backup device, if the main device were to fail
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  1. Since you will be spending a lot of time in Cyberspace, securing/protecting your digital work environment is important
  2. Securing yourself starts with knowing what you have! (Inventory What you got)
  3. Networking and Hardware (Identify the following devices and prepare a table for your reference)
  • Modem - A Network Device to connect to the ISP (Internet Service Provider)
  • Desktop or Laptop
  • Cabling
  • Router + Firewall
  • Power requirements (surge protectors, extensions, etc)
  • Other Wireless and Wired devices – switches, patch panels, Signal boosters, etc

   4. Your Table should have columns for the make, model and serial number (at least the make and model)
   5. Software and Application

  • Identifying your operating system
  • Inventory your applications (at least glance at the list of installed programs)

Things to Remember

  • Software is layered – Protecting your operating system; protecting each application.
  • Ways to Protect the Operating System and applications
  • Patching – making sure you are up to date
  • Uninstall unused applications
  • Ensure you have the required licenses
  • Install and configure an antivirus
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