June 10, 2021

COVID-19: Managing Cyber Security Risks of Remote Work


The mass adoption of remote work forced by the pandemic created serious challenges for organizations on the security front. Some organizations now have policies specifically geared for remote work, while others may provide for contingencies in disaster recovery plans, BYOD (bring your own device) policies, and other similar plans and policies.

If you haven’t done so already, you should review your current IT security and similar IT policies to determine if there are any established security guidelines for remote work, especially remote access to company information systems. It is important to identify where gaps in your security policies may be hiding and uncover any vulnerabilities early.

Below is a list of considerations and tips to help guide your business through new cybersecurity challenges your business may be facing with a new remote workforce.

1. Educating every company employee on security measures

2. Do not allow sharing of work computers and other devices

3. Company information should never be downloaded or saved to employees’ personal devices or cloud services

4. Be sure all employees reboot their computers to ensure that all versions of software are up to date with all necessary patches

5. Lookout for phishing attacks

6. Remote devices should be encrypted

7. Coordinated visibility of IT systems

8. Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

9. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

10. Additional security measures, such as email filtering, Intrusion Detection System (IDS), Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), and User behavioral Analytics

Full article: [https://www.ntirety.com/covid-19-managing-cyber-security-risks-of-remote-work/](https://www.ntirety.com/covid-19-managing-cyber-security-risks-of-remote-work/)

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