Securing the remote workforce: cyber hygiene for the digital nomad

      The rise of remote working has opened doors for a new wave of digital nomads – individuals who leverage technology to work from anywhere in the world. While this flexibility offers a unique lifestyle, it also introduces new cyber security challenges. As more people work outside of the traditional office settings, robust cyber hygiene practices are essential to safeguard sensitive data.

      For our June update, we dive into key best practices for digital nomads to ensure a secure and productive remote working experience.

      Prioritizing secure connections

      Instead of focusing on specific communication tools, here we look at the overarching principle of secure connections.

      Encryption is king – whenever you are accessing work data remotely, ensure you’re using an encrypted connection.  This applies to all online activities, from video conferencing to file sharing. Look for platforms and services that explicitly mention data encryption in their features.

      Use public Wi-Fi with caution – the convenience of free Wi-Fi in public spaces comes with inherent risks.  Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive tasks like accessing work files or online banking. Consider tethering to your cell phone instead of public Wi-Fi. If necessary, consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to encrypt your internet traffic and create a secure tunnel between your device and the internet.

      Fortifying your home network

      Secure your router – your employer may issue a company approved firewall. This benefits both you and your employer by allowing your IT department or Managed Service Provider to remotely patch and manage the device without your involvement. It can also report any threats back to the MSP or IT Department if that functionality is enabled.

      Strong Wi-Fi password – most of us rely on Wi-Fi within the home. The first line of defense for your home network is a strong Wi-Fi password. This is especially important when working from dense city environments. Avoid using easily guessable information and opt for a complex combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

      Remove any defaults – change the default username and password for your router. Regularly update your router firmware to patch any security vulnerabilities.

      Guest network – if you have guests, set up a separate guest network to prevent them from accessing your primary network where you keep sensitive work files.

      Harnessing the power of VPNs

      Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) – public Wi-Fi in cafes, co-working spaces, or airports can be a security nightmare. A VPN encrypts your internet traffic, creating a secure tunnel between your device and the internet. This prevents hackers from eavesdropping on your data transmissions.

      Firm-approved VPNs – many firms offer secure VPNs for remote workers. Use only the VPN provided or approved by your employer to ensure compatibility and optimal security.

      By prioritizing these cyber hygiene practices, digital nomads can minimize security risks and work with confidence, no matter where their travels take them. Remember, staying vigilant and informed about evolving cyber security threats is a continuous process.

      If you would like to find out more about how Waystone can help you to assess your current cyber security measures, please reach out to your usual Waystone representative or contact us below.

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