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  • Writer's pictureBen Dampney

COVID-19: Cyber security tips when working from home

As a key measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of us are now working from home. However this can present cyber security challenges, particularly if it is the first time you are working remotely.

In the workplace, people are often able to rely on their organisation’s cyber security to help keep them safe online. As we move to the home environment, we can’t always pay the same attention to the cyber security of our personal devices.

Sadly, people working from home have become targets for cybercriminals, so it’s more important than ever for staff to be careful and take action to protect their work and household’s cyber security.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre has published this easy to follow Guide: Cyber security tips when working from home, which includes nine practical steps for staying secure online.

We strongly encourage you to follow this Guide and share it with your colleagues, staff, customers, family and friends.

Stay up-to-date with threats

To stay up-to-date on the latest online threats and how to respond, follow the Australian Cyber Security Centre on Facebook page and sign up to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service.

We will also continue to notify our clients if we are seeing a surge in cybercrime in our area.

Prevent accidental and malicious threats

Cybercrime is on the rise and attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Determine the current state of your IT security and receive recommendations on how to rectify critical vulnerabilities.

Recover quickly from cyber attack

Key actions that can prevent many malicious actors from being successful – and help organisations recover quickly from cyber security incidents – include:

  • Watch out for scam emails (phishing) and don’t open attachments or click on links;

  • Update your software and operating systems;

  • Use strong passphrases and never share your passhprase;

  • Enable multi-factor authentication; and

  • Back up your data and store separately from your computer.

As always, please phone us on 07 4637 9033 if you have any questions or concerns in relation to IT Security.

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