Today’s show will cover the subject of working remotely. This is not an industry specific topic so please share with your friends and colleagues!
FSTEC – Are you going? Any other restaurant industry-based conferences that you have heard of that are back on for this year?
Approaching working remotely from two different aspects:
- As an employee – Equipment, etiquette, tools to make you more successful
- As an IT professional responsible for the mobile workforce
- Mute yourself when not speaking.
- Be on time.
- Ensure your technology works correctly.
- Wear work-appropriate clothing.
- Frame the camera correctly.
- Have the right light.
- Look into the camera.
- Pay attention.
Lume Lights for making you look better:
Chair Mounted Green Screen
Promaster 6x7 Pop-up Background Green/Blue
Remote Video Conferences Security
- Password protect your meetings
- Authenticate users
- Join before host
- Lock down your meeting
- Use a randomly-generated id
- Avoid file sharing
- Check for updates
Great video conferencing software feature comparison chart on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_conferencing_software
Security plan for an individual
- Protect devices with an antivirus solution
- Update programs and operating systems
- Configure wi-fi encryption
- Change your router login and password (no defaults)
- Use a VPN service if connecting to a wi-fi network that doesn’t below to you
o Express VPN: https://www.expressvpn.com
o SufShark: https://surfshark.com
- Lock your device before walking away
- User corporate services for e-mail, messaging and all other work
- Create strong passwords
- Stay vigilant / email links, credentials, unusual requests.. double check everything
- Keep your work separate from personal
General individual good practices
- Track your progress – be ready to report on what you ‘ve done and how much time it took
- Try to work normal office hours
- Create a comfortable workspace – desk, well lit room, standing up, stretch your legs, drink water, get plenty of sleep and don’t skip meals.
- Be transparent and communicate everything
For those that are running departments and responsible for your remote workers:
- Make sure that staff know what to do if their device is lost or stolen.
- Work schedule policies and expectations must be communicated
- Encouraging Collaboration Keeps Teams Engaged
More to the techy side of the conversation
Making the appropriate tools available for users
- infrastructure to the cloud
o Azure / AWS
o SaaS applications
Observed security activity: (covid-19 themed operations and schemes)
- Targeted intrusion
- Targeting remote services, SaaS
- Vishing Robocall and Tech support scams
General security tactics and solutions
Crowdstrike whitepaper: https://go.crowdstrike.com/rs/281-OBQ-266/images/eBookCybersecurityCOVID-19.pdf
- Make sure you have a current cybersecurity policy that includes remote working.
- Sensitive data may be accessed through unsafe Wi-Fi networks.
- Plan for BYOD (bring your own device) devices connecting to your organization
- Personal devices will need to have the same level of security as a company-owned device
o User MDM solution
Vulnerability management with a distributed workforce
- Scanning remote systems
- Agent based vulnerability assessment
- Find a best in class endpoint protection and deep visibility into vulnerabilities
o Create a dedicated vulnerability management team
o Deploy patch prioritization and automation tools
Securing remote workforces:
- Reducing exposure with vulnerability risk management
- Hardening remote user endpoints
- Protect your collaboration platforms
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