Cybersecurity and Working From Home: Tips & Resources

Earlier this week, CTA announced that we would join 12 other non-profit organizations to support the Global Cyber Alliance “Work From Home. Secure Your Business.” campaign. This effort is focused on shoring up the defenses of a newly remote workforce during the ongoing disruption to our regular lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building on the advice offered by this campaign, we wanted to put together a short reminder on practical steps that you can take to protect the security of your personal digital ecosystem.

The foundation of good cyber hygiene is making sure that you are doing the basics and doing them right. We should all:

  • Avoid reusing passwords; make them complex; and use a password manager
  • Use multi-factor authentication wherever possible (e.g., authenticator app or text message code)
  • Install reputable antivirus software with real-time protection
  • Keep all software, including operating system software, up to date
  • Connect only to secure, trusted wireless networks with a firewall and WPA2/WPA3 encryption
  • Use a VPN to encrypt data in-transit and protect your privacy
  • Be vigilant against potential phishing attacks through email or messaging services
  • Maintain an encrypted back-up of your most important files
  • Limit use of removable storage media (e.g., flash drives)
  • Help others within your organization and household to follow these same steps

A number of CTA’s member companies and partners have also put together resources and blog posts with cybersecurity advice for businesses and individuals while most employees are working from home:

This list is non-exhaustive and will be updated as CTA members and partners publish new resources.

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Author: Jeannette Jarvis

As our Executive for Partnerships and Communications, Jeannette is responsible for CTA’s partnerships, branding, and communications efforts. Jeannette has worked in cybersecurity for 25 years, previously holding various senior leadership positions, including Director of Product Marketing at Fortinet and Director of Product Management at McAfee and Intel Security. She also served in leadership roles at Microsoft and Boeing. Jeannette is on the advisory board for Virus Bulletin, an international organization covering the global threat landscape.