IT security when working from home: What should you know?

Dec 3, 2020

Working from home is something which more and more people around the UK are doing. Official Government figures now show that 49.2% of adults work from home which is a staggering amount. Of course, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has seen more people work in this way but it was a growing trend before that also. The reasons for this are simple. Remote working gives staff a better work/life balance while also providing cost-savings for business. It has also allowed companies to carry on functioning when staff cannot get into their usual workplace.

IT is absolutely crucial to remote working though. Without things like laptops, PCs, email and the internet it would be impossible. Another very important factor for home working is IT security. This will keep not only keep personal devices safe but also protect any key systems and data stored centrally. But what are the major things to think about?

Valid anti-virus software on devices

Whether staff use their own PC or a company laptop, the device must have valid and robust anti-virus software installed. In addition, it is essential to make sure it is active on the device too. This software will protect the computer from dangerous viruses and malware when online. Without it, the device is exposed to being infected by some very nasty IT viruses.

Router firewalls

This is another key piece of IT security for home working. Many people remember to protect their device but forget all about their router. Hackers can actually steal data and access networks direct from routers, just as they can from computers. If they access a home network via the router, they can see everything that is happening online! A robust router firewall is therefore a must as this will put up an effective barrier to keep it safe.

Securing VPNs

Many people now are using virtual private networks to stay safe when home working online. This is a great idea as they provide top-level encryption and mean you are not on a public network which hackers can easily see. One thing you must do on any VPN though is secure it. If this does not happen, it is still a target which experienced cyber-criminals can get into. From using strong encryption and authentication methods to allowing for a network lock or forbidding the use of other VPNs when connected to your own, tips like this should keep it extra secure.

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If you have staff working from home, then the above are all essential safety tips. For help with IT security for remote workers, why not drop Erud IT a line? Complete our online contact form today for details on our IT security packages for business.