Tips and Guidelines for Working Remote during COVID-19

Working remotely, whether short-term or permanent comes with many advantages yet it can also pose many new risks for the security of your organization’s data.

For example, The overwhelming amount of news coverage surrounding the novel coronavirus has created a new danger — phishing attacks looking to exploit public fears about the sometimes-deadly virus.

How does it work? Cybercriminals send emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations with information about the coronavirus. The email messages might ask you to open an attachment to see the latest statistics. If you click on the attachment or embedded link, you’re likely to download malicious software onto your device. The malicious software — malware, for short — could allow cybercriminals to take control of your computer, log your keystrokes, or access your personal information and financial data, which could lead to identity theft.

The coronavirus — or COVID-19, the name of the respiratory disease it causes — has affected the lives of millions of people around the world. It’s impossible to predict its long-term impact. But it is possible to take steps to help protect yourself against coronavirus-related scams.

Here’s some information that can help:
How do I spot a coronavirus phishing email?
ExamplesHow do I avoid scammers and fake ads?
Tips for recognizing and avoiding phishing emails
Where can I find legitimate information about the coronavirus?
CorKat has developed a list of tips and guidelines to assist you as you prepare to work from home in a safe, functional work environment.
Keep in mind, this list is intended for guidance and informational purposes only. If you have any questions regarding these tips, please reach out to your direct supervisor or CorKat Data Solutions for additional information. 

Do not google COVID-19 or Corona Virus or click on any links related to this or the infection maps. Some of these sites are infected with Ransomware. 

Ensure you have the ability to lock your devices (laptop, PC, etc.) and any business relevant information when not in use. Laptops and devices should be locked out of sight and/or in the trunk if it is ever left in a vehicle unattended.  

Avoid using your personal devices for work-related business-If you need a company issued device, we have some on limited supply, so please check with your point of contact for IT support from CorKat. 

Safely perform conversations without visitors eavesdropping, especially while working in a mobile setting, such as the airport.

Protect the data you are accessing by using a VPN to log into the company network, and ensure you are protecting data visible on your screen with a screen protector. This is especially vital for employees who are required to be HIPAA compliant, PCI compliant, etc. If you are hosted in CorKat’s tier 3 data center, you already have this benefit. If not, CorKat can assist with this. 

Restrict the use of devices containing business-relevant information. Do not let family members, friends, or anyone either than yourself use company-owned devices or personal devices used for business purposes. 

Create strong unique passwords on all your devices and accounts to prevent unauthorized access. 

Make sure you have Anti-virus installed and up to date on your device. 

Check that you have a sufficient internet connection with secure access to your data.  

Updated IOT Device firmware (home automation systems, surveillance cameras, etc.)

Make sure default passwords are changed Ensure the software on all devices within your home network is kept up to date (corporate laptop, IOT devices such as cameras and home automation systems, personal laptops/tablets, etc.) 

Review and follow corporate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and other relevant policies and procedures.
Additional Awareness:
Be extremely cautious of email phishing scams
Limit social media use
Don’t reveal business itineraries, corporate info, daily routines, etc.
 
We are here to help! Contact your CorKat representative with any questions, comments, or concerns.