With increased risk from cyberattacks while working remotely, it is imperative that we remain vigilant to ensure the safety and security of our systems and services. Here are tips from our IT Risk and Compliance team to sharpen your defenses against cyberattacks wherever you are.
Use company-issued equipment exclusively for work.
Never use a business asset such as a laptop for personal use. Keep home and work devices separate.
Always use a VPN (virtual private network).
A VPN is a great way to keep your data safe when you’re working remotely. It creates a secure connection between your device and the internet, which makes it difficult for anyone to track what you’re doing online.
If something looks suspicious, chances are it is.
Be careful of potential cyber pitfalls, like clicking on suspicious links or downloading files from emails. If in doubt, get in touch with the sender before clicking.
Use unique passwords.
Resist the temptation to use the same password for multiple devices or accounts. Try combining a set of three or four words that cannot be predicted. You can usually use a mnemonic to remember them. Your password can also be a sentence that is easy to remember.
Never leave your devices unattended when out & about.
Never leave your devices unattended, even for a few seconds. Also, never ask others, especially strangers, to watch your laptop, tablet or smartphone for you.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi.
Everybody should know the dangers by now. Instead, connect to a trusted network or use your cellular data connection.
Keep your home Wi-Fi safe.
Ensure your home router software is updated and secured with a strong, unique password.
Enable multi-factor authentication.
Duo is essential for protecting our organization’s sensitive information and resources. Yes, it’s one extra step, but it’s like having a double lock on our data.
Remember: before approving a request, double-check the source to ensure it is coming from a legitimate application or system and only approve Duo requests when you have personally initiated the request.
Keep your antivirus software updated.
Antivirus software needs regular updating because viruses and other malware are created every day, which could harm not only your device but also your data.
Republic Services maintains controls to help protect our networks and devices, but we also rely on you to help with our defense. If you believe that you have fallen for a cybersecurity scam at work or have questions, contact InfoSec@republicservices.com.
You can find more tips on how to work from home safely and securely here.