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9 Cybersecurity Tips for Remote Working

9 Cybersecurity Tips for Remote Working

9 Cybersecurity Tips for Remote Working

The mystery around the COVID-19 crisis hasn’t been solved yet and reports say, it is here to stay in its mutant forms. That means remote working/work from home culture is here to stay too. According to a recent Gartner survey, 47% of organizations will give their employees the choice of working remotely “post the pandemic”.  Hopefully, we will see brighter days and the phrase “post the pandemic” becomes a reality soon. But, one reality check is that cybersecurity risks have increased manifolds due to this remote working culture. The primary reason being – a lot of untracked and exposed digital assets. 

According to the CISO’s Benchmark Report 2020, businesses are struggling to manage remote workers’ use of phones and other mobile devices. In this blog, we will discuss the nine work-from-home cybersecurity tips for both employers and employees.

Before we deep dive into these cybersecurity tips, we need to look at the alarming cybersecurity statistics and risks that have come up due to remote working:

  • Cybercriminals are leveraging the fear of the COVID-19 crisis, and thus, phishing emails have spiked by over 600% since the end of February 2020.
  • Work-from-home has increased the average cost of a data breach by $ 137,000.
  • 1 in 5 organizations that had security breaches were due to their remote workers.
  • Close to half of those surveyed said they didn’t provide cybersecurity training to their remote working staff.

Now, let’s deep dive into the cybersecurity tips to manage your remote working culture:

Secure Your Attack Surface

For Employees

For Employers

Never Delay Your Updates

Don’t Turn-Off Your VPN

Look Out For Phishing Scams

Strengthen Your Password

Separate Your Devices

Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Don’t Install Softwares From Untrusted Sources

Track Exposed Services on Your Home / Office Network

People often turn on some services (or run software that unknowingly turns on some services) on their machines/servers. These untracked services can allow an attacker to interact and may compromise the resources on your machines/home networks. You can use network monitoring utilities to track and identify if any of such service is open. For externally exposed assets, you can use our Attack Surface Management platform NVADR.


Along with freedom comes the responsibility of maintaining security standards while working from home, which is generally provided in your office. By inculcating safer methods in your daily regime like setting up strong passwords, using multi-factor authentication, and updating your software from time to time, you provide the secure environment, your work deserves.

On the flip side, according to Forbes, 80% of all hacking attempts are based on social engineering and cannot be avoided by any hardware or software use. Businesses are enforcing strict IT security policies inside their IT infrastructure, but these policies are not being enforced or paid attention to due to remote working. Thus, cybersecurity should come from within the employee. 

If you want your cybersecurity levels to be intact and manage your organization’s external attack surface in your remote working culture, contact us!

Let’s Reduce Your Org’s Attack Surface.

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