Tips for Securely Working from Home

Hello everyone. We know that working from home can be new to some of you, perhaps overwhelming as you adjust to your new environment. One of our goals is to enable you to work from home as safely and securely as possible. Please see the following tips to assist you in securely working from home.

Think Before You Click. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of people seeking information on COVID-19. They are distributing malware campaigns that impersonate organizations like WHO, CDC, and other reputable sources by asking you to click on links or download outbreak maps. Slow down. Don't click. Go directly to a reputable website to access the content.

Lock Down Your Login. Create long and unique passphrases (a long password made of multiple words) for all accounts and use multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible.

Connect to a secure network and use NEOMED’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access your work accounts. Your home routers should be updated to the most current software and secured with a lengthy, unique passphrase. Employees should not be connecting to public Wi-Fi to access work accounts unless using a VPN.

Separate your network so your University devices are on their own Wi-Fi network, and your personal devices are on their own.

Always keep devices with you or stored in a secure location when not in use. If you are using a personal device, you should set an auto log-out if you walk away from your device and forget to log out.

Limit access to the device(s) you use for work. Only the approved user should use the device; family and friends should not use a University-issued device.

Use University-approved/vetted devices and applications to collaborate and complete your tasks. Don't substitute your preferred tools with ones that have been vetted by the University as that may open your personal and University-issued devices to potential vulnerabilities.

Update your software. Before connecting to the University’s network, be sure that all internet-connected devices ‒ including PCs, smartphones and tablets ‒ are running the most current versions of software. Updates include important changes that improve the performance and security of your devices.

Additional Resources

NEOMED Information Security Awareness Training: As a reminder and given the current opportunity for professional development, Information Security Awareness Training is available in the NEOMED Success Center. 

NEOMED Information Security Policies: https://www.neomed.edu/policies/#it

SANS Institute Videos (www.sans.org)

 

-Submitted by Jonathan Wagner

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