Accenture Security: Remote working: Security tips for working from home

Given the COVID-19 / Corona situation, more people are working remotely than ever before. I believe, and this is what I also told my team in Accenture Security, is that we’re in a new world now where irreversible changes in the way we used to work have happened.

Here is guidance, we all internally share as security experts, on how to secure your client data (and your own) while you work outside of the office. 

Beware of Phishing

Cyber attackers are capitalizing on COVID-19 fears by impersonating governmental agencies, sharing fictitious supply invoices, and posing as charities. Take extra caution with every email or phone call you receive soliciting action related to this health threat. Your company and clients normally will only contact you via standard business channels, like email and portal notifications.

Use Secure Networks

If you’re working from home, there are some things you can do to enhance the security of your network.

  • Change the default administrator password on your router to one that is both strong and unique.
  • Enable WPA2 or WPA3 on your router to encrypt your online activity.
  • Create a strong network password and only share it with people you trust.
  • When connecting to a new network, select “do not allow my computer to be discoverable by other devices on the network” to turn off network discovery and folder sharing.

If you’re working from a public location, if you can, use your smartphone as a hotspot to connect to the internet. If you must use a public network, confirm with the establishment the network is genuine before connecting and only navigate to sites that begin with “https” indicating an encrypted connection.

Use Secure Devices & Solutions

  • Enable automatic updates on all of your internet-connected devices to protect against vulnerabilities that could spread through your network.
  • Install the latest operating system updates on personal computers and run up-to-date security software, like Windows Defender. 
  • Download and run Malwarebytes to clean an infected personal computer. An infected computer puts your network at risk.

Work in a Secure Environment

  • Understand the sensitivity of the information you work with and protect it appropriately.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Use a privacy screen if you have one, always lock your screen when you step away.
  • Be mindful of where and how you take conference calls.
  • Don’t leave printed materials in the open and, if possible, shred before disposing.
  • Physically secure unattended devices in a locked drawer or room, or with a cable lock. If you have a desktop computer, use good judgment regarding the placement of the desktop within your home and secure it to the best of your ability. 

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Contact Accenture Security if you suspect that your company or device(s) might be compromised or that you might have fallen victim to a phishing scam. You can also PM me and I will set things for you in motion internally. We’re able to give you a fast response that can minimize the consequences of any security incident, worldwide.

Joe Shenouda – Associate Director Security – ACCENTURE

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