There are many perks to working remotely, whether short-term or permanent, but it also poses many new risks for the security of your organization’s data. For example, if an employee-owned device (laptop, PC, etc.) is connected to the company’s network and contains a virus or malware, they could be spread to your company’s network. It also becomes more of a challenge to verify the legitimacy of emails (for example, you’re no longer right down the hall from your CEO who requested an unusual wire transfer). Policies and procedures as they pertain to a work from home environment may be a gray area, such as home distractions, like walking the dog or children coming in, which can also lead to some interesting challenges that you would never experience at the workplace.

We’ve developed a list of guidelines and tips to assist you so you can function in a safe work environment. Note: this list is intended for guidance and information purposes only. If you have any questions regarding these tips, please reach out to your supervisor or IT provider for additional information.

Guidelines & Tips

·      Secure workspace

  • Ensure you have the ability to lock your devices (laptop, PC, etc.) and any business relevant information when not in use. Laptops and devices should be locked out of sight and/or in the trunk if it must be left in a vehicle unattended.
  • Safely perform conversations without visitors eavesdropping or shoulder-surfing, especially while working in a mobile setting, such as a coffee shop.
  • Protect the data you are accessing by using a VPN to log into the company network, and ensure you are protecting data visible on your screen with a screen protector. This is especially critical for employees who are required to be HIPAA compliant, PCI compliant, etc.
  • Restrict the use of devices containing business-relevant information. Do not let family members, friends, or anyone but yourself use company-owned devices or personal devices used for business purposes.
  • Use strong unique passwords on all your devices and accounts to prevent unauthorized access.

·      Wireless Security

  • Change default Wi-Fi Router passwords.
  • Enable WPA-2 or higher encryption.
  • Ensure your local router firmware is up-to-date.
  • Limit the use of public Wi-Fi. Always use a VPN when connecting to public Wi-Fi. Never use public Wi-Fi to send sensitive information without a VPN.

·      Ensure all personal devices are secure with personally owned antivirus and anti-malware software company

·      Updated IoT Device firmware (smart thermostats, surveillance cameras, etc.)

  • Ensure default passwords are changed .
  • Ensure the software on all devices within your home network is kept up to date (corporate laptop, IoT devices such as cameras and smart thermostats, personal laptops/tablets, etc.)
  • Review and follow corporate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and other relevant policies and procedures


  • Remote Work Employee Awareness
  • Be extremely cautious of email phishing scams
  • Limit social media use.
  • Don’t reveal business itineraries, corporate info, daily routines, etc.