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Cybersecurity and teleworking: learn about best practices

Adopting measures compatible with cybersecurity and teleworking is essential. Know the best practices and avoid unpleasantness.

Even if your company is equipped with excellent cybersecurity software, it only takes one human error to jeopardize the security of the entire infrastructure. In fact, it is for this reason that in the relationship between cybersecurity and teleworking, the human factor is so important.

Clicking a link with malicious software, sharing sensitive information in unprotected environments, accessing public Wi-Fi or not having the home wifi with a secure password, are some of the actions that can jeopardize the security of any business.

Since the teleworking model was adopted, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are more exposed to cyber-risks. So much so, that cybercrime has increased considerably in Portugal in recent months. Knowing in advance that remote work is a trend that is here to stay, there are good teleworking practices that should not (really) be neglected.

Cybersecurity best practices in telework

According to the best practice guide published by the National Cybersecurity Center, these are some of the main precautions to be taken with systems, devices, and information management in telework regime. You should share them with your collaborators and call for greater concern for this matter.

1.

Device security

  • Use devices authorized by the organization and, if they are lost, immediately inform the cybersecurity officer;
  • Do not share these devices with family or friends;
  • Use only reliable USB sticks;
  • Activate automatic device lock and use PIN or password;
  • Use filter on laptop screen.

two.

Systems and data security

  • Ensure with your organization that devices are up to date and have antivirus and firewall activated;
  • Make regular backups to an external device.

3.

navigation security

  • Avoid using Wi-Fi in public spaces and always use your organization’s VPN;
  • Always browse HTTPS websites;
  • Regularly change your home Wi-Fi password;
  • Make sure your home Wi-Fi has a strong and secret password;
  • Change the name of your home Wi-Fi so that it is not easily identified;
  • Ensure your organization’s network is segmented to protect the internal network.

3.

Communication security

  • Do not open emails or SMS, or click on unknown links or attachments;
  • Encrypt sensitive communications;
  • Do not share professional information on social media.

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