North Cyber Security: Top tips when remote working

With the rollout of a remote workforce due to Covid-19, businesses are finding themselves newly vulnerable to cyber attacks.

While some have a firm cyber and network security system in place, many are not aware of the risks that are involved with connecting remotely.

To help businesses develop a better understanding, we are joined by cyber security specialist, Ben Kenyon, Director of North Cyber Security for two invaluable workshops on Tuesday 15& 22 September, followed by one-to-one mentoring – Reserve your place HERE.

In the run up to the sessions, take a look at Ben’s top tips when remote working:

Train your employees

Making sure your employees are aware of the ways they could be targeted is crucial. A cyber security policy should be put into place and discussed in detail, highlighting its importance and the penalties involved when not adhering to the guidance.

Such guidance includes:

-Not opening attachments from suspicious emails

-Using different, strong passwords for each account

-Typing URLs into the search bar instead of clicking links

Use 2 factor authentications (2fa)

Multi-factor authentication requires an extra step to log in to authenticate your identity – whether that means email authentication or a text message sent to your phone.

Backup your important data

Ransomware is on the rise and anyone can become a victim of it. Being locked out of all the data you need to run a business can be crippling. You may never get this back even if you pay the ransom.

Have a good password process

It is so important not to use the same password for all accounts. My recommendations are to use a password manager, or if your password is similar – use salting, which involves adding unique characters and adding the first 2 letters of the system/ website that you are using to the end of your usual password.

Only connect to secure Wi-Fi you trust

If you can use your mobile data, do. Be careful of the Wi-Fi networks you connect to – some can be insecure or fake networks set up deliberately in public places by hackers. If you do connect to a public Wi-Fi use a VPN or only visit sites on https.

Develop your understanding of Cyber Security with our FREE workshop this September – Sign up here.