Before the pandemic forced dozens of people working from home, Cyber threats were already at large.

And now that almost all of us are joining into webinars from all over, we are at a higher risk of cyber attacks by leaving trails of our footprints online.

As companies contend with having their data centres rapidly decentralized, some security firms are citing 800% increases in calls regarding cyber-attacks.

IT decision-makers had to scale work-from-home capabilities almost overnight, and the monumental task of keeping a company’s information secure is now more difficult than ever. This is the time companies and employees need to scale up their cybersecurity skills to protect data.

With 96% of office employees currently working at home, and a large proportion set to remain in a remote capacity even after lockdowns are eased,

here’s how you can protect your data against remote-working cyber threats

Avoid public Wi-Fi

Public wI-fi is the most common source of cyber threats, this is because other people have access to that network. And, without a firewall between you and them, threat actors can pound away at your computer from across the room. It is important to find a way to protect your PC and encrypt your traffic.

Keep Work Data on Work Computers.

Don’t transfer your work data on home computers especially emails and other important office documents. You can easily expose them to risks of cyber-attacks because most home computers are not encrypted.

If it’s necessary to take precautions like using a secure Wi-Fi, a VPN, encrypted drives, anti-virus, and endpoint protection.

If you work at an organization with an efficient IT team, they may be installing regular updates. Running antivirus scans, blocking malicious sites, etc., and these activities may be transparent to you.

Encrypt Sensitive Data in Emails and on Your Device.

Sending emails with sensitive data is always going to be a risk. It can easily be intercepted or seen by a third party.

If you encrypt the data attached to an email, it will prevent an unintended recipient from viewing the information. Also, be sure your device is set to have all stored data encrypted in the case of theft.

Educate employees on cyber threats

Alternatively, companies can collectively educate their employees on the do’s and don’ts of cybersecurity. Discuss what cyber issues the company has had in the past and what protocols are currently in place for specific threatening situations.

Companies should inform employees about what protection they should use for all company devices. And any other options they have available such as cases, antivirus protection, blackout screen protectors/shields, etc. Talk to employees about phishing scams, malware, viruses, and any other threats that could potentially hit company devices.

Presenting different ways employees can protect their information, can help keep their identity, and even their client’s sensitive data safe. 

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