Some points on cybersecurity in telework
- In these troubled times, be extra vigilant. Malicious actors are trying to take advantage of the situation.
- If in doubt, contact your IT team. They will surely have implemented measures for teleworking and procedures to follow (VPN, remote access, teleconferences, file sharing, etc.).
- Now is a good time to make sure you have adequate virus protection on your workstation.
- Pay special attention to emails that appear to be from your team. “President’s frauds” and other scams may be more difficult to detect with all of this turmoil.
- Check your domain’s SPF and DMARC records. There may be errors as a result of telecommuting. It’s a good time to set up this free protection, too.
- Take advantage of the situation to review your passwords. Also consider setting up multi-factor authentication (MFA) or using a password manager.
- Make sure you have enhanced email security – ZEROSPAM could help: zerospam.ca/assay
- Consider implementing instant messaging tools like Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Slack or MatterMost. These tools are safe and encourage exchanges in teams.
- If you don’t have an IT team, this might be a good time to establish a relationship with an outside specialist who is qualified in cyber security. ZEROSPAM can refer you to qualified specialists.
- Again, if in doubt, contact your IT team or consultant
Example of malicious email using the reason for the crisis:
AND if appropriate, some more general advice (not related to cyber)
Some small points to bring for telework in general:
- In telework mode, make sure you keep a routine. Dress, eat a good breakfast, drink juice, water or coffee – your regular routine. It’s too easy to let go “because you’re at home”
- DO NOT work in your bed. The bed is a place of rest and not a place of work.
- Have a designated space for work.
- Listen to yourself. Be sure to take breaks when necessary.
- Don’t forget to communicate with your colleagues. The isolation can get heavy.