Remote work is whenever you’re traveling far from the office… right?
Whenever you work from outside the office it will normally be considered remote work. From an information security standpoint, however, what also matters is whether you are connected to the company network or not.
So, if you’re enjoying the sun on a bench outside the office, or perhaps in a coffeeshop downstairs, you may still be able to connect to the company network.
The two things to consider are:
You may also be in a situation where you are physically inside the office but are not connected to the company network. In this situation, you could be considered to be working remotely.
So, you’ve got your remote working setup all ready to go. Can’t you just get started right away?
When you’re working remotely, your devices, data and network activity won’t be protected physically by the workplace or by the security of the company’s internal network. Without the proper precautions, remote work can lead to unauthorised access to:
While leaving your laptop behind in a coffeeshop is an obvious way for company assets to be compromised when working remotely, there are many other methods that a criminal could gain unauthorised access.
Unauthorised access could be caused by:
Here are some simple tips for protecting your devices and data when working remotely:
While it’s best to avoid doing any work on public Wi-Fi when possible, if you must use a public network you can still do so securely by taking a few precautions.
When using public Wi-Fi, you should:
So, you’re not using public Wi-Fi and don’t have to be worried about unauthorised access to devices as you’re working from home. Is there anything you need to do to ensure you are working securely?
When working from home, it is still essential that you:
If you are working from your own device, ensure it has up-to-date antivirus. Antivirus programs stop computer viruses from taking over your device.
If the worst happens…
Ok, so now you know the basics about Remote Working security. Time to put your knowledge to the test with our short Remote Working Security quiz. Good Luck!