Close the cybersecurity gaps while working from home during shelter-in-place orders.

Business never stops. COVID-19 has slowed things down a bit, but it hasn’t stopped the business world. Right now millions of people all across the country are telecommuting while they shelter-in-place. Now that the American workforce is getting comfortable with their work-from-home orders, it is crucial to maintain the cybersecurity procedures that are commonplace in the office. 

Hackers are using this global catastrophe as an opportunity to exploit the businesses and employees that are not prepared for full-scale, remote operation. Cyber attacks are on the rise and SMBs have become a primary target. Therefore, cybersecurity cannot be an afterthought just because you and your staff are temporarily out of the office.

Here are a few protocols and pro-tips that your business can adopt to ensure safe operations while everyone is away from the office:

Always use a secure, password protected Wi-Fi connection.

Many homes have secure Wi-Fi, but some older installations or shared connections may not be protected. This can be an issue when a remote employee is living in a roommate situation where multiple people connect to a shared router. 

Ensure that your computer and antivirus software are up to date.

Check to make sure that all security and antivirus software is up to date. This includes privacy tools, add-ons for browsers, router firmware, and phone apps used for business.

Backup all files and data regularly.

If a hacker or piece of malware does make its way into your system, all is lost without a backup. Set up a backup schedule and stick to it!

Do not mix work and leisure activities on the same device.

It is crucial to keep personal emails and messages on computers separate from those used for work. Personal shopping, gaming, and logging onto video streaming accounts should also be a no-no on work computers.

Lock all devices when not in use, and use a password manager.

This should be practiced at all times, whether working from home or not!

Be on the lookout for phishing emails mentioning COVID-19. 

Advise your staff to be on the lookout for any email mentioning the coronavirus requesting confirmation of renewal of log-in credentials and passwords. Due to the increase in phishing scams brought on by the pandemic, it would be wise to delete emails from people you don’t know. Do not click links or open files in any email from a person or business that you don’t know!

Consider Cyber Insurance 

Now is a good time to consider investing in cyber insurance. Cyber insurance is a type of business insurance that covers your business in the event of a hack, data breach, or system failure resulting in data loss or financial damages. Cyber insurance can be a lifeline when your business is operating under work-from-home constraints.

The bottom line

Now is not the time to relax on cybersecurity. This will only create opportunities for your business to be exploited.

Unfortunately, opportunistic criminals and malware are finding their way into inboxes and company-managed computer systems everyday. If a worst case scenario occurs, your nightmare can be little more than a nuisance if you have the right safety net to save your business. Any business that is operating remotely under the shelter-in-place orders should consider cyber insurance as a final security measure during these times of uncertainty.

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