10.19.2020-Securing Devices at Home and Work

Securing Devices at Home and Work
Caren Shiozaki | October 19, 2020

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the theme this week is:

Securing Devices at Home and Work


It Was the Best of Times…It Was the Worst of Times

It may be hard to think about any benefits from COVID, but more companies implementing working-from-home may just be one of them. Consider your daily commute. For many of us, “commute” now entails a short walk down the hallway. According to a report in Facility Executive, 88% of companies have now required their employees to work from home, and most experts agree that this may become a new normal post COVID.

In general, shifting our digital lives to operate from our homes is unchartered territory for many who are used to going to a physical office, shopping in brick and mortar stores and teaching in person in the classroom. 

Our homes are more connected than ever. Our businesses are more connected than ever.

These two internet-connected environments are colliding on a scale we’ve never seen before, introducing a whole new set of potential vulnerabilities of which users must be conscious. Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month looks at steps users and organizations can take to protect internet connected devices for both personal and professional use. 

We are simultaneously sharing more information about ourselves and our work while we live and work in less secure environments. 

Is it any wonder that phishing and ransomware attacks are exploding?
And many of those attacks are designed to exploit the pandemic.

It is now more important than ever for organizations and individuals to prioritize security and be cyber aware. We need to slow down and live our digital lives with more caution. 

Gartner provides some advice on securing the remote workforce:
Here’s why improving users’ awareness should be an important facet of your cyber defense strategy:

And finally, we leave you with a tip sheet to share and discuss with your family and friends. It contains some good advice for making your digital home a digital fortress.