In addition to checking that computers are up-to-date and antivirus software running, you must protect WiFi access with a strong password or delete any information contained in the name of the personal WiFi network (SSID). Another important step is to lock the session when you are not working.
In light of the latest events stemming from the health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), teleworking is an option put into practice by an increasing number of companies. However, as Borja Pérez, country manager at Stormshield Iberia points out, “even in an emergency, the implementation of a teleworking system requires companies to take a series of precautions to avoid unpleasant surprises, especially in terms of data protection.”
Teleworking, in addition to remote activity development, also involves remote access to the company’s resources and information, information that, on the other hand, can contain critical data, so it is necessary to avoid any risk of contamination, leakage or loss of data in the company’s information system. Even in an emergency, it is necessary to take some measures before starting teleworking, such as checking that computers are up to date and antivirus software working and updated, protecting WiFi access with a strong password or delete any information contained in the name of the personal WiFi network (SSID). Another important step is to lock the session when you are not working,
In the case of laptops, and although ideally encryption should be enabled for the entire hard drive of the laptop to avoid being discovered, if this practice is not possible, owners should exercise caution, not losing sight of their computers in any way. moment. On the other hand, and although companies that already have a network protection system to provide secure remote access to their mobile workforce, it is time to install SSL VPN clients on the computers of users who will need them to telework improvised.
On the part of the company, thinking of the workers who have less technical experience, those responsible should offer these employees clearly identified points of contact to turn to. Therefore, IT managers should be available to serve these workers, spending a lot of time supporting users during this period, which will negatively affect their other work.
As for workers, to facilitate remote communication, several video conferencing solution providers are offering their video conferencing services for free in these difficult times. However, a quick check should be done to make sure your terms of service meet your regulatory limitations, including GDPR.