Over the past few weeks, we have helped several of our customers transition their in-office operations to remote operations, securely and efficiently. The security of a home network, when it’s being used for work, is just as important to pay attention to as the business network. If you or someone you know is considering transitioning their business this way, please check out our remote work checklist. We’d love to help your business make the right moves. Call us at 504-372-1372 or email us at [email protected]

IT Checklist:

  • Anti-Virus: Does the user have anti-virus on their device? This will help protect your Remote Connections, VPN Credentials, and more from various threats.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication: MFA is crucial to security. It ensures that access is restricted to users (regardless of a breach of credentials). Ensure time out is short – no longer than 8 hours.
  • Spam Protection: With a significant influx of COVID-19 related phishing emails, do you have a good spam filter in place to ensure the vast majority are filtered out where possible?
  • Updates/Patching: The machine a user is using may or may not be a corporate device. Regardless, have you ensured you have a way to keep them patched?
  • Web Filtering: With users freely browsing the web on some local devices, is that traffic being forced down the VPN? Is that traffic going through the corporate firewall? If the answers are no, web filtering can be a cheap, easy solution to bolstering the security provided.

User Checklist:

  • Phishing Training: While working from home, there is often a direct correlation with users feeling somewhat less corporate. With this in mind, it is important that users are reminded of the security awareness training they should have received.
  • Corporate Policies/Procedures: With the ability to work in pajamas and wake up 5 minutes before you are due to start, users can often forget that they are still on work time. Be sure to remind everyone of corporate policies and procedures to ensure they remain focused on the job at hand.
  • Secure Workplace: Securing a home workplace can be difficult, especially when they aren’t your premises to manage. However, with many households having 2+ people working from home, ensure that machines lock during inactivity and sensitive conversations can be had without being overheard.
  • Home Network: Users are now using their home router and network to access corporate information. At a minimum it is requested that you encourage them to change the default administrator password and keep routers up to date where possible and if skill-set allows.

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