You’ve sent your employees home to work. Now, how do you protect your company information?
We all continue to be inundated with non-stop news of the Coronavirus and its impact on our healthcare system and our fellow citizens. One thing that may have gotten lost in this news is the definite uptick in virus-related scams and malware attacks.
As your IT team works to get at-home employees set up and running, cyber criminals are taking advantage of this distraction to formulate sophisticated attacks.
With some or all of your employees working from home, using a wide variety of equipment and Internet connections, here are some simple rules to help you keep your company data safe and secure:
- Do not connect to public or unsecured Wi-Fi.
- Check that your IT team has all equipment fully patched and up to date.
- Implement two-factor logins to your VPNs and other systems.
- Tell your employees that there are many phishing scams out there temping them to download malware. These range from virus “cures” to virus “supplies” to “breaking news” about the virus. Tell them to be very suspicious and contact their IT team if unsure.
- Mobile Wi-Fi (i.e., using your phone as a hotspot) is a more secure option than an unsecured broadcast Wi-Fi. Consider picking up the bill for employees who need this option.
- Convene a daily virtual stand-up with your IT team so they can communicate any known attempts or issues to your at-home workforce. This ten-minute virtual meeting will raise awareness with your workforce.
- Meet with your IT team and review your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans. You should understand your response plan if something were to impair your ability to work. Double-check data backups and recovery procedures.
Our Priority is You
Managing this threat at a time when you are focused on the “business of the business” can be daunting. Somerset is offering a free session to help any of our clients assess their risk with at-home employees. We’re here to help. Please reach out to Karen Clark at (317) 472-2241 to learn more.