When organizations were forced to unexpectedly pivot to a remote workforce back in March, many employers lacked the resources or time to educate their employees on proper cyber security practices. Many companies were exposed to online threats involving unsecured Wi-Fi networks, phishing scams targeting remote employees, and personal devices and networks that lacked the security software businesses often utilize.

The good news? It’s never too late to ensure your workforce is educated and prepared to combat online threats. These cybersecurity tips can help protect your employees and your company:

  1. Secure your home router: Be sure to change passwords frequently. The encryption should be set at WPA2 or WPA3, restrict inbound and outbound traffic, switch off WPS, and use the highest level of encryption available. Ensure firmware updates are installed.
  2. Use a VPN: The reason is that it encrypts all your internet traffic making it unreadable for anyone who intercepts it.
  3. Use antivirus software and set up firewalls: This software helps identify and blocking malware along with preventing malicious programs from entering your device.
  4. Be mindful of phishing emails: Hackers are always trying to exploit ways to gain access to systems or devices either to steal money and data or to launch ransomware attacks. A quick way to spot phishing email is to:
    • Look for spelling or grammar errors in the email
    • Hover over the email name to see the true address, if the address doesn’t match the email name, chances are it’s from a malicious source.
  5. Install patching updates regularly: This should happen automatically but if not, make sure you are checking for devices security updates and install when received.
  6. Utilize two-factor authentication and two-step verification: This extra step can be a text, email, or security verification software.
  7. Back up your data: Use either a second hardware device or place on the cloud.
  8. Utilize strong passwords: Passwords should be unique and difficult to compromise. A popular option would be to use a password manager program like LastPass.

Reach out to an MMA advisor if you have cybersecurity concerns or other questions surrounding the pandemic.

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