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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Australian businesses are working hard to address the ongoing economic challenges that we are currently facing.
The Australian Government is continuing to enforce stricter social distancing restrictions to flatten the economic curve; as a result, businesses are incorporating additional remote multi-device access into their operations to allow their staff to work from home.
However, the risk of cyber threats is growing as the volume of employees working remotely is increasing.
We’ve put together a 6-point checklist to help you stay safe while working remotely:
Updates to device operating systems and applications are important as they include patches for security vulnerabilities that have been identified since the last update. All personal computers or laptops on your home network should be patched as well as all work devices.
This also includes not connecting to email, SharePoint or Citrix.
It is important always to be mindful of confidential/ client data on your work computer. Locking your device is a good practice to get in the habit of when leaving your device unattended, Press Windows key + L together or Hold down Shift + Command + Q. if you’re using a Mac.
There has been an increase in phishing incidents related to COVID-19; the H-A-L-T principle makes it easier to help identify and report suspicious emails:
If you identify any of the above, then report it to your IT Team immediately. If you personally know the sender, then call them to confirm it was them that sent it!
It’s always better to be overly cautious with cybersecurity, if there is a security risk you’ve identified or if you’re in doubt, it is still better to report it to your IT team immediately.
In these trying times, we must ask ‘what more can we be doing to protect and test ourselves’, as our team members are the first line of defence. If you need advice about how to safeguard yourself when working remotely, or if you need any extra security solutions, we are always here for a chat.
Download the pdf version of our working from home security checklist.