Tips for Secure Home Working

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Working from home? Make sure to do it safely. Les Dunne, Head of HP Managed Print at Microsoft, gives us some top tips on how to take care of your cyber security. 

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to reach out to let you know you, your safety and
security are in our thoughts. Just like practicing good hygiene to ward off COVID-19, which has included
many organizations taking incredibly swift actions to help in the efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19,
this is a fantastic reminder to not overlook cybersecurity hygiene.

One of the efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 has included requesting individuals to work remotely. This request brings some very real cybersecurity hygiene issues. To help you get started here are some good tips for you all to help you
demonstrate some cyber hygiene and reduce risk.

  • When working from home, we recommend having your laptop, office printer and any other device
    containing your business data to be on a separate isolated network away from your other IoT home
    devices (i.e. Alexa, Nest, Ring, Smart TV’s, game consoles, etc.) Most ISP providers by default provide
    a guest network (e.g. very easy to set up Virgin Hub3).
  • Make sure your WIFI is protected with a strong passphrase (WPA2) and make sure you have set a
    strong password on your router.
  • Your router, computing devices (PC, phone) and printer must have the latest updates installed. If
    possible, configure all your devices to enable only the needed functionality. For instance, if a
    smartphone app requests your location and this doesn’t provide added benefit, deny the location
  • Ensure you back up data, preferably in your designated business and endorsed cloud environment.
    If the data is sensitive, ensure when it is backed-up, the data is encrypted.
  • Set an administrative password on your home printer’s web interface and ensure that it is not
    internet facing. Consult the manual.
  • Make use of your corporate VPN access. Generally, ask for IT guidance for a secure connection into
    your company network.
  • Whether you transmit, process, send or store data, ensure it is adequately protected, and leverage
  • Lock your computer screen when you walk away just like you would if you were in the office. This
    will also protect you against well-meant mischief by family members. When you are not no longer
    working and using the connected devices (laptop, PC, tablet, phone, etc.) log out of the device.
    Failing to do this could lead to a data leak that turns into a security event or worse a data breach.
  • Use multifactor authentication where possible.
  • Never re-use passwords and immediately change your password upon the slightest indication of
  • Beware of scams leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic. Be extremely cautious of all email regarding
    COVID-19 which requires action on your part such as downloading an attachment or clicking on a
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