As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold globally, cybersecurity has never been more important for businesses in all industries. COVID-19-themed hacking campaigns and phishing attacks are on the rise, and many employers are telling their employees to work from home. Companies need to take the proper precautions to maintain business continuity.
At Lume Strategies, we want to make sure companies are aware of best practices to safely, productively navigate these difficult times. So, we’ve included three quick cybersecurity tips to preserve the health of your business during the COVID-19 epidemic.
1. Consider using a VPN.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides a secure network back to your office applications over the public internet. Essentially, a VPN creates a private tunnel that enables your employees to access all the tools they need to do their jobs. A VPN is an encrypted communications channel, so even if information is intercepted, it can’t be deciphered. Your managed services provider can give you more information on using and configuring a VPN.
2. Utilize multi-factor authentication.
Multi-factor authentication is a method by which a user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence (factors) to an authenticating application. For example, a user may have to enter a password to log in to his or her computer and also be required to answer a security question.
More sophisticated methods of multi-factor authentication require users to complete an action through two separate devices (i.e. a user may have to enter a password on their computer, then complete an authenticating action on their mobile phone). Your managed services provider can also help you establish the best authentication system for your business.
3. Work responsibly from home.
Educating your workforce on the proper precautions to take while working from home is critical to maintaining data security. Employees working remotely should stay in close contact with their employers to remain up to date on the company’s cybersecurity strategies.
Employees should also avoid downloading any new third-party applications while working from home as they could contain security flaws. Lastly, employees should be sure to update their computers so they have the latest software and security programs. These and other tips will keep your data and information safe as employees to continue to work from home.
We know this is a trying time. Above all, stay safe and healthy.
And stay tuned for more tips and tricks when we team up with our IT friends at Cyberstone in the coming weeks!