Crain’s Cleveland – April 20, 2020
Brett Kimmell and Abdullah Alkhulaiwi share helpful tips with Crain’s Cleveland readers about some helpful tips to deal with working from home during the COVID-19 quarantine
ENCRYPT ALL DEVICES:
When devices (PCs) leave the building, they often are lost or stolen. Most devices and operating systems can encrypt the device built into the operating system. There is no excuse not to protect your data with encryption.
MAKE SURE ALL DEVICES AND SYSTEMS ARE FULLY UP TO DATE ON PATCHES:
Updating applications and operating systems on a regular basis are key to protecting your device from potential exploits.
USE A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN) WITH MULTIFACTOR AUTHENTICATION/ONE-TIME PASSWORD:
VPN is one of the best tools if configured correctly. Ensure MFA or One-Time Password (OTP) on all VPN connections to increase security. Verify with your IT department that split tunneling is not being used.
ENABLE YOUR LOCAL WINDOWS FIREWALL:
Your home network is likely an uncontrolled environment. Don’t leave your work PC exposed to whatever could be lurking on your teen’s PC.
CHANGE YOUR Wi-Fi PASSWORD:
Wi-Fi passwords are easy to compromise. If it’s been awhile, change the Wi-Fi password to a 15- to 20-character, complex, random character phrase and update your Wi-Fi device firmware.