Cyber Security Trends to expect in 2024

5 essential work-from-home cyber security tips

Cyber Security Trends to expect in 2024

5 essential work-from-home cyber security tips

The COVID-19 pandemic months have shifted a good number of organisations to entertain fully remote or hybrid arrangements with employees working from home, coffee shops and co-working hubs. This created new challenges related to the security aspects of their sensitive data and remote workforce.

Following are five essential work-from-home cyber security tips.

Invest in Cybersecurity Software

Invest and use a Virtual Private Network, commonly known as VPN, to achieve a resilient remote work setup. Ensure all your workforce connects to the organisation’s network via a VPN to encrypt data transmission. This shields sensitive data from potential harmful threats. A VPN will help remote employees establish a private and secure connection, therefore mitigating the risk of unauthorised access. Other security software that a business should invest in includes antivirus software, anti-malware, exposure management platform (for vulnerability management) and a robust firewall.

Password Hygiene

Strict password policies are of paramount importance, since passwords are often the first line of defence against black hat hacker groups. Complex passwords should be the order of the day. Cyber awareness training courses explain the importance of implementing strong and unique passwords. It is also, best practice, to adopt a cutting edge password management solution that helps streamline and secure password practices. Impose regular updating of passwords to maintain a proactive security posture.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Implement across the whole organisation Multi-Factor authentication to increase your business’ security posture. In addition to passwords, always impose additional verification steps such as one-time codes generated by authentication apps or sent via SMS or email, and biometric authentication. MFA will surely provide an additional layer of protection for your applications, systems and data.

Hold regular cyber awareness training sessions.

Conducting education sessions on the cybersecurity topic is key. New cyber threats are constantly mushrooming and cyber criminals are using increasingly sophisticated methods to deceive employees. Being aware of the latest cyber threats and cybersecurity best practices is crucial. Having a cyber aware workforce will help your organisation in maintaining a secure digital environment. Areas covered by cyber awareness training include: latest cyber threats, phishing scams, cautious browsing habits and social engineering tactics (including the use of suspicious links and attachments from unknown sources) used by cyber criminals. Suspicious events need to be promptly noticed and defended against, so foster a culture of cyber security vigilance.

Upgrade software applications with the latest security patches and roll-outs.

Monitor all your software applications and swiftly upgrade with essential updates to protect against malicious attacks. Vulnerabilities in applications, including open source ones and operating systems, are constantly being discovered and security patches are issued to harden such weaknesses. Automation is a must-have to update your digital surface to be protected against possible exploits. Pen test your systems, applications and networks regularly, to be aware of any vulnerabilities or holes – before cyber criminals do.

Teleworking policies are to include SOPs and best practices related to cyber security. These guidelines help you maintain a secure work-from-home environment for all stakeholders involved. Book a Vulnerability Assessment today!

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    I live and breathe cyber security and everything else in the discipline. With around a decade of experience in the industry I have had the opportunity to develop skills in penetration testing, cloud security, reverse engineering & exploit development, application security engineering, management and organisation-wide cyber security strategy. I hold a well-rounded set of security certifications such as OSCP, eWPTX and CISSP and have delivered training & workshops at some of the most prestigious hacking conferences such as DEF CON, BRU CON, BSides London and BSides Manchester.