Smart-working: 6 useful Tips for a safe remote-working

2020, the year of Pandemic, has taught us that to do an excellent work, it is not necessary to sit behind an office desk but we can also doing our job comfortably sitting on our sofa! 

A lot of companies, both public and private, seek to adopt useful solutions to facilitate employees, including smart – working.

However, not all business realities today are able to adequately support this new way of working. Often, the part dedicated to computer security is drastically neglected and cyber security professionals have to work much more consistently to eliminate the risks of continuous cyber-attacks on business systems. 

Network security has become a high priority for cybersecurity professionals considering that the smart-working model will be increasingly adopted. This is the reason why new assets were needed, for professionals to work at their best and to be completely safe.  

How can we work without taking the risks to suffer cyber-attacks and making your company vulnerable?  

Let’s start from small and simple rules to practice during your smart working routine!  

Six useful tips for a completely safe smart-working! 

  1. Make sure your wi-fi connection is secure: if your home network does not provide access via WPA Key (open network), configure your router to use the WPA or WPA2 protocol with an appropriate shared key and make sure it is hard to guess!  Connection to WI-FI networks with WEP protocol (obsolete and vulnerable) is accepted but not recommended. 
  1. Choose a home networking for your smart working: during smartworking, make sure to configure and only use your home WI-FI network when using your business laptop. Also, it is not recommended to connect to the internet via hotspot/thethering from smartphones, guest networks, public hotspots and shared W-FI networks when in need to use the VPN. 
  1. Make your account a safe place: there are several tools to check if your business or personal account may have been compromised by Data Breach. One of these is have I been pwnedHow can you make your account safer? Using a strong password, renewing it on a monthly basis and making sure you use capital and small letters, numbers,  special characters  and a total length of more than 8 characters.
  1. Lock your PC monitorBefore taking a break and getting away from your workstation, remember that it is always useful lock your PC monitor. 
  1. HTTPS and not HTTP:  Remember that on the net, bad guys are always lurking! Try to surf the net preferring pages protected by a valid and reliable digital certificate, which therefore use the HTTPS protocol at the expense of the obsolete and unsafe security alerts of your browser HTTP. 
  1. Pay attention to incoming mail: it might occur that, while performing a task in hurry, you may get an email from your boss asking you to urgently do something for him. Be careful! This kind of mail could be fraudulent (the so-called “CEO scam”). Stop for a moment and check the actual address of the mail origin (often it is not enough just to read the name of the e-mail contact) and make sure it really is your boss! 

On the other hand, if you are a company make sure that firewalls for VPN management are always up to date, that your systems have the latest patches and the access is constantly monitored in order to detect intrusions of any nature on the systems, trough cybersecurity control platforms such as those provided by Intellisync.  

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