Securing Devices at Home and Work

  • Published: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

This week’s focus for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) - Securing Devices at Home and Work

In the workplace we rely on network and security professionals to put in place technical defenses in order to protect our devices, users and data. Many employees are working from remote sites, so how can we make sure that we are operating safely no matter where we are located?

Physical Security

Never leave your device unattended. If you need to leave your device, make sure that autolock is enabled or that you shut it down. Store your device out of sight if you will be away for a period of time. Avoid leaving devices in a vehicle. If you are unable to take it with you make sure to lock it in the trunk or other location that is not visible.

System and Network Access

Use strong passwords on your device and to gain access to network resources. Use a secure VPN, with encryption, to access the workplace network and never use public Wi-Fi for work related or personal business. Enable your home router with a strong password. Use multi-factor authentication.

Business and personal devices

Keep these separate. Many workers find themselves homeschooling during these virtual school sessions. Use a personal- or school-issued device. Business devices are for work related tasks only.

Email security

Email is mobile; users can send and receive emails on multiple devices. Ensure that regular training and updates regarding email security, phishing and malware are taking place. Keep your emails professional and never send sensitive information through un-encrypted email.

Keep a clean machine

Install and update anti-virus software. Update the operating system and applications. Unused applications should be discarded. If an app is no longer used it could provide a security loophole when not properly updated.