7 Cybersecurity Best Practices to Share With Remote Employees

Posted by Fuel HQ on May 1, 2020 3:53:20 PM

Friday, May 1, 2020

From Fuel Headquarters


As shelter-in-place orders continue to be observed, employees required to work from home may not have the same security protections that their physical workplace offers. Until employees can return to these offices, following simple cybersecurity best practices is now more important than ever.

With that in mind, we spoke with George Finney, CSO at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Fuel Board Member. The SMU Office of Information Technology recently outlined a number of tips for remote employees in their quarterly security update. What follows are tips that Finney suggests Fuel members can share with their own employees.

  1. Secure your home Wi-Fi. Protect yourself from eavesdropping by ensuring your home network is set up securely. Look to see if it is using “WPA2” or “WPA3” security, and make your password hard to guess.

  2. Connect to VPN. If your company offers access to a virtual private network (VPN), be sure to take advantage of that and connect for better security.

  3. Keep your personal device secure. If you’re using a device not issued by your employer for work, make sure you’re keeping it secure with a password, fingerprint ID, face ID or some other privacy protection.

  4. Keep mobile and desktop devices patched and updated. Your cybersecurity team may be working on updates that have become more relevant or necessary during this time. Keep an eye out for notifications and make sure you’re using the latest systems and software requested.

  5. Be wary of phishing emails. Suspicious emails are on the rise as more people work from home, some even capitalizing on fear and isolation, pretending to offer help or useful resources. Think before you click, and double check the email address it’s coming from. Only open a file if it’s from a known source. 

  6. Secure your Zoom (and other video conference) meetings. “Zoom bombing” — when uninvited individuals crash meetings — quickly became an issue when many started using the popular video conferencing platform. If you’re hosting a meeting, Zoom or otherwise, avoid posting the link on a public site. Double check security settings, like features where only the host can let guests enter, or make the meeting password-protected. 

  7. When in doubt, ask the cybersecurity experts. Your IT teams are there for you and able to help. It’s better to be cautious than discover an error that has compromised your and your company’s security. When in doubt, ask questions before taking action.

If you would like to share tips, resources or other stories of how you and your company are managing cybersecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, send an email to editor@fuelusergroup.org.

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