Companies have more reasons to bother about cybersecurity than just compliance. The increasing number of security breaches and unexpected means of cyberattacks have made it necessary to have a proactive stance on cybersecurity. The government cyber security measures have been equally supportive in that context. From announcing October as the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), to laying down basic guidelines, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has done some credible work.
Frontline employees are responsible for taking the basic steps and putting recommendations into practice, and in this post, we are sharing this quick guide with the basic pointers.
- Watch the Wi-Fi you use. Office networks need to be secure and encrypted, and employees have to be sure that they accessing all files, data and resources through the designated network. If you are working from home, ensure that you are using VPN, or virtual private network.
- Create strong passwords. Ensure that passwords used are strong and long – Period. Passwords need to be at least 10 characters long, must have at least a few special characters, uppercase & lowercase letters. Ensure that all default passwords are changed immediately, and usernames have to be unique.
- Use firewall for every device. No matter whether you are working from the comfort of your home, or are using the office system, always have firewalls installed. Firewalls work as a barrier between your system and untrusted networks and can prevent hacking attempts.
- Watch out for untrusted links, apps and programs. In recent years, popups, untrusted link & emails, and other fishy websites have been responsible for malware attacks. Watch out on what you access at work, especially if your company hasn’t banned a few websites.
- Always install software updates. Software, firmware and apps have to be updated for security at all times. Ensure that you are using the latest version of firmware and software programs on your system, and if you are unable to get software updates, let the management know about that.
- Get educated. Ideally, it is the role of the company to educate all employees on cybersecurity and best practices, but if that hasn’t happened, talk to the HR team and insist on knowing the ground policies. Every company these days has cybersecurity practices in place and employees are expected to know that.
- Maintain a proactive stance. Whether it’s about software updates or a simple case of installing an unknown app, always watch for signals and work with the management to fix things in time.
Take your first step towards cybersecurity at office today!