Staying safe Outside the office network

This is Two Minute Tech Tips, I’m your host Lester Steward. In this series we are discussing Business cybersecurity and what you need to know to protect your business.

Working outside the office has created great opportunities for some industries to attract new talent that would otherwise not be possible. This also creates opportunities for bad actors to come in and attack vulnerabilities. There are a multitude of ways to protect your employees and business, I’ll discuss a few here.

Information is most likely a business’s most valuable and most vulnerable resource. It doesn’t take but one break in security to allow that resource to be stolen and used against the company. Passwords are likely the weakest point in security but are also very overlooked, not because an employee is trying to be malicious, but because remembering the vast number of passwords causes most of us, and I am including myself in this category, to use the same password or small variations that any experienced bad actor would be able to exploit. Tools like Multi-factor authentication when logging into a user profile or any account that has sensitive data can help keep data secure. Strict password requirements as well as requiring a password change often would help deter criminals.

Email is a problem for security. You can put in all the protections you have available, all the scanning tools and phishing identification tools but inevitably something will wiggle its way into an inbox. I have extensive training and have dealt with dangerous emails for many years and still need to take a second to recognize a bad email. The schemes are very sophisticated and once you click on one bad email they seem to flood in after. Moral of the story is, stay aware of what you click on and always keep a critical eye on your email.

Though I’m personally a big fan of having a place I go outside my home to focus, I understand the allure of working from anywhere. Just don’t get complacent about security.

On the next episode I’m going to continue this subject of staying safe outside the office network.

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Thanks for joining me, Lester Steward for your Two Minute Tech Tips, helping you keep safe in your cybersecurity world.

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