Summary

  • Secure remote workers by implementing anti-virus, multi-factor authentication and file encryption.
  • Combine with this data loss prevention (DLP) for popular cloud apps like Slack and Teams.

1. Up-to-date anti-virus on home computers

We recommend organizations to disburse employees to download the version of Norton or McAfee for home computers and devices.

2. Update your passwords, immediately!

OnePassword or using Apple or Google Keychain can helpcreate long and safe passwords on home devices. A good password increases your security by 2X from common attacks.

3. Secure home network

·     Turn off SSID Broadcasts: No need to announce to the neighborhood that you own a wifi. If you can, just keep it private and search for it by name if you need to connect a new device

·     Filter MAC addresses: Only allow specific devices to connect to your network. This makes it very difficult for any unauthorized party to hijack your network.

·     Guest Accounts: Separate the work connectivity to personal. Guest networks can be made available to the family while business can be conducted on a different network.

4. Business and personal device separation

Personal and Professional should be separate, to the extent possible. If I have to browse the net on my corona searches, I would probably use my person device to reduce risk of infecting with click-baits and other malware.  

5. File encryption

Please encrypt, even if it’s with a simple password, all business documents shared across the wire. This adds another layer of highly recommended security layer that minimizes data leakage.

6. Securing chat services such as Slack, Teams and Cisco

If your remote teams are working via Slack, Teams or Webex, you are at risk of data privacy breaches. Unsecured PII or private data across these channels puts organizations at risk.

·     Policies and trainings are essential to motivate proper data sharing practices.

·     Polymer plug-in for Slack/Teams/Webex can automatically encrypt all PII data transfer within chats and documents while un-encrypting them for authorized users.

7. Pick up the phone

If 2-factor authentication is difficult to implement in each and every process of your organizations, just call the appropriate person  to ensure those wire instructions are legit. Never hurts to double check with a video or phone chat.

Polymer is a no-code data loss prevention (DLP) platform that allows companies to monitor, auto-remediate, and apply behavioral techniques to reduce the risk of insider threats, sensitive data misuse, and leakage over third-party SaaS apps. Try Polymer for free.

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