Cyber-security tips for working remotely

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The way you connect to your work systems and use information when offsite can affect the security infrastructure and potentially impact the privacy rights of community members.

Here are some simple tips to ensure your use of technology is safe while working remotely

  • Keep all software up to date;
  • Use reputable commercial anti-malware and ensure it is up to date;
  • Only use trusted and secure Wi-Fi, your Wi-Fi must be password protected with a strong password;
  • Backup work to servers when possible;
  • Use approved cloud-based storage such as Microsoft OneDrive.

Here are some tips to ensure you handle data appropriately while working remotely

  • Do not transfer, save, or store sensitive information outside of your employer's computers;
  • Sensitive printed documents or written information should be destroyed appropriately;
  • Be able to identify sensitive information and be cautious while using it;
  • Consult with your manager, or supervisor if you are unsure of acceptable use and classification of data and how you handle or use that data.

Using a VPN

Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) creates a protected tunnel between your workstation and the VPN service provider. This protects all the contents such as sensitive information in your network traffic on the way to the provider.  If you are connected to a public network (Coffee shop, airport, hotel, conference, etc) it is a good practice to use a VPN service.

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