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Remote Working Cybersecurity: 9 Ways to Stay Safe Outside of the Office
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Remote Working Cybersecurity: 9 Ways to Stay Safe Outside of the Office

Sindri Bergmann
4 min read ∙ Jun 30, 2023

Over the past few years, remote working has become a norm rather than the exception. While this flexible working style offers numerous benefits, it has also opened up a new set of remote working cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Employees working from various networks and using personal devices to access company resources can potentially expose the organization to cyber threats.

Below is an essential checklist for remote workers, aiming to improve cybersecurity posture and protect sensitive data when working outside of the traditional office setting.

young woman sitting at an airport with her red suitcase and laptop using public un-secure wifi for work and not using good remote working cybersecurity habits

1. Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

The first step in ensuring safe remote working cybersecurity is to have a secure Wi-Fi network. Home networks are often less secure than business networks, which can leave your data vulnerable. Make sure your home Wi-Fi is password protected and avoid using un-secure, free public Wi-Fi for work-related activities whenever possible. 

2. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPNs encrypt the data you send and receive, providing a secure channel between your remote workstation and the company’s servers. Ensure your VPN is always on when accessing company resources or dealing with sensitive data.

3. Regularly Update Your Software and Devices

Hackers are always on the lookout for vulnerabilities in outdated software. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep all your devices and software up-to-date with the latest patches and updates.

4. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA or Multi-Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring two types of identification before granting access. This could be a password and a unique code sent to your mobile device. Encourage the use of MFA across all work-related accounts and platforms to ensure safe remote working cybersecurity.

5. Be Aware of Phishing Scams

Remote workers are prime targets for phishing scams. These scams can come via email, text, or even over the phone, attempting to trick you into providing sensitive information. Be vigilant, never share your personal or company details without verifying the source, and report any suspicious activity to your IT team. AwareGO provides cybersecurity awareness training to teach employees how to recognize phishing emails and scams.

6. Secure Your Physical Workspace

While much of cybersecurity is digital, don’t overlook the importance of physical security. Keep your devices locked when not in use, and make sure sensitive documents are stored securely and not visible to others.

7. Regularly Backup Your Data

Regular data backups are critical. If your system becomes compromised, having a recent backup can limit the damage and assist with data recovery. Not only is this important for remote working cybersecurity, but for in-office cybersecurity as well. 

8. Use Strong, Unique Passwords

Ensure all your accounts have strong, unique passwords. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts, and consider using a password manager to securely store and generate strong passwords. Follow AwareGO’s 3-Step Guide to a Strong Password.

9. Keep Communication Lines Open With Your IT Team

Stay in regular contact with your organization’s IT or cybersecurity team. They can provide valuable information and updates on any potential threats or security updates.

Remote working cybersecurity is a shared responsibility between the employee and the organization. By following this checklist, remote workers can significantly reduce their cybersecurity risks and contribute to a secure digital work environment. Keep in mind that maintaining a strong cybersecurity posture requires ongoing effort and vigilance, so stay informed and proactive about your cybersecurity practices. You can follow AwareGO’s blog to stay up to date on cybersecurity tips, trends, and best practices. 

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Sindri Bergmann
4 min read ∙ Jun 30, 2023

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