Delv’s Perspective on Remaining Cyber Safe at Home
Delv team top tips on how they remain cyber safe whilst working at home.
During these COVID times, technology surrounds us every moment of the day, and the lines between work and home are becoming blurred, however, that doesn’t mean your digital security should be forgotten about.
In the past year alone, cybercrime has cost Australian businesses and individuals over $33 billion. Here at Delv, we are passionate about helping organisations employees be secure, and not a victim to malicious cyberattacks.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this years’ theme is ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart‘. This theme is to empower individuals and organisations to own their role in protecting themselves in cyberspace. In association with Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we surveyed the Delv team to ask them their top tips on how they remain cyber safe whilst working at home.
How does the Delv team ensure they remain cyber safe when working from home?
- Taking the same precautions as they would when in the office – being aware of malicious software.
- Using security features that are available such as a firewall and antivirus software on both their device and home router.
- Ensuring apps and devices are up to date and using the most current software.
- Looking for potential phishing attacks and removing them from the device – not clicking on random links in emails or SMS messages from unknown or suspicious persons.
How does the Delv team ensure their internet network is safe?
- Using well known paid VPN’s and only doing work whilst using them. Using a VPN creates a secure connection which helps stop any data from being intercepted while on the network.
- Making sure they have a secured network with a password that is strong, rather than weak for attackers to access.
- Researching corporate network security systems, as the free router ones that come with internet providers are not secure enough.
- Ensuring devices that are using the internet have antivirus or anti-malware firewall turned on so users can be altered if a virus or malware is attacking the devices.
What are some simple tips that the Delv team would suggest to people that aren’t aware of cyber-attacks to ensure they remain safe when working from home?
- Ensure your device has security enabled, such as Windows Defender or Sophos Home.
- Look into purchasing a security solution for your mobile phone, such as Lookout.
- Don’t use your work computer for personal use, and use a VPN when working.
- Don’t open suspicious links, messages or emails.
- Always check an email or message for its authenticity by checking the exact address or number from which it came – the sender may be a random or suspicious name.
- If your device is not supported by the current software updates from your provider, such as Apple, Microsoft or Android, your device poses a risk to malicious cyberattacks.
Wayne Buckley, Delv’s Business Technology Manager, highlighted the importance of awareness and training when it comes to cybersecurity:
‘I believe the best defence to cyberattacks is awareness and training. The type of brute force attacks you hear about, like Facebook or Amazon getting hacked, are not super common on someone working from home. It is easier for attackers to get in using social engineering type attacks; this is where solutions like KnowBe4 come in. They help teach the users what to look out for, the red flags and how to avoid becoming a victim.’
While the way we work is continuously evolving, we cannot predict when a cyberattack may occur. Delv’s Intelligent Digital Security (IDS) offers comprehensive coverage and development of your existing security investments while providing new solutions to cover your employees, devices and anything else technology related to your business.