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Working Remotely But Securely

Many employees are forced to work remotely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For cybercriminals, this a huge opportunity as most home networks often lack the same level of security built-in to business networks. There is growing evidence that hackers use the fears about the virus to prey on people and that operating outside safe office environments opens the door to more cyber attacks.

Now that your employees work remotely, how can you ensure that your organization stays productive – and safe?

Total's Remote Work Cyber Security Solutions

In times like this, Total Technology Solutions can help you maintain regular business operations with the best possible cyber protection.

Undoubtedly, it’s more difficult to take care of remote employees’ cyber security than it is to manage your on-site endpoints. One careless mistake of your remote employee can compromise your business data.

Total can give you:

Advanced Threat / Endpoint (Anti-virus) Protection to help protect remote workers will be offered FREE until May 30, 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis

Total is happy to offer its Advanced Threat/Endpoint (Anti-Virus) Protection solution to remote workers for free until May 30, 2020. The solution is designed to autonomously identify and thwart cyber attacks through artificial intelligence (AI). The cloud-native solution can scale at the drop of a hat, which makes it useful for protecting employees who are rapidly transitioning to a work-from-home environment on their corporate and personal devices.

*Privacy on personal devices may be a consideration as the solution will detect anything determined as a threat. Total recommends that your business maintain a No Privacy Policy on work devices.

Multi-Factor Authentication – An Important Layer of Cybersecurity Defense

Given that home networks are often less secure than business networks, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is vital in these new circumstances. MFA adds a layer of security for employees accessing applications both on and off the network.

Dark Web Monitoring

Total’s Dark Web Monitoring service detects your businesses compromised credentials in real-time on the Dark Web.  Using a proprietary technology, Dark Web Monitoring vigilantly searches the most secretive corners of the Internet to find compromised credentials associated with your company, contractors and other personnel, and provides immediate notification when these critical assets are compromised, before they are used for identity theft, data breaches or other crimes.

Mobile Services, If Required

At this time, most of our employees have been strongly encouraged to work from home. Total is able to operate with a high level of efficiency remotely. However, if remote support is not an option, Total will provide mobile services for all your continued IT support.

 

Find out more about Total’s additional layers of cybersecurity defense.

 

IT Best Practices for Working Remote

IT CHECKLIST

  • Enable Local encryption
  • Local admin accounts are known with strong passwords
  • Limit external sharing of Cloud applications (OneDrive, etc)
  • Enable MDM for remote wipe capabilities
  • Review and enable remote endpoint security tools that can be centrally reviewed and monitored (Cylance, Cisco Scansafe, etc)
  • Enable Local encryption
  • Local admin accounts are known with strong passwords
  • Limit external sharing of Cloud applications (OneDrive, etc)
  • Enable MDM for remote wipe capabilities
  • Review and enable remote endpoint security tools that can be centrally reviewed and monitored (Cylance, Cisco Scansafe, etc)

EMPLOYEE CHECKLIST

  • Secure workspace
    • Ability to lock laptop and any business relevant information when not in use
    • Safely perform conversations without visitors eavesdropping or shoulder surfing
  • Wireless Security
    • Change default Wifi Router passwords
    • Enable WPA-2 or higher encryption; Strong
      WEP password at minimum
    • Ensure your local router firmware is updated
  • Personal Device security
    • Updated IOT Device firmware (Smart Thermostats, Surveillance cameras, etc)
    • Ensure default passwords are changed
    • Updated software on all devices within your home network (Corporate laptop, IOT devices such as cameras and Smart Thermostats, personal laptops/tablets, etc)
  • Review corporate policies and procedures

AWARENESS

  • Corporate vs Personal
    • Do not share your corporate laptop for use with family or friends.
    • All corporate activities must be performed on the device provided by the organization
  • Limit social media use
    • Don’t reveal business itineraries, corporate info, daily routines, etc.
Need clarifications about the checklist?

What Clients Are Saying About Total During the Pandemic

I did not realize the value of the recommendation made by my Account Rep about a secure VPN remote connection that Total offers its clients. When I saw what it actually does, I was impressed. I appreciate Total very much especially during times like these.

The Total team has been incredible! You all have been on top of everything from providing laptops, remote access and our day-to-day needs. Even faster than expected, during this time. We are so extremely grateful to have your service!

Many thanks to you and yours for all of your help, persistence and patience in these uncharted waters and trying times.

Everything is running fine. The onsite technician that came in early March was excellent in diagnosing our network issues. He came onsite after hours and didn’t leave until almost midnight!

Thanks for checking in! Everyone who wanted remote access has it and I haven’t had any complaints! Thanks for keeping us up and running.

Working Remotely But Securely

Many employees are forced to work remotely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For cybercriminals, this a huge opportunity as most home networks often lack the same level of security built-in to business networks. There is growing evidence that hackers use the fears about the virus to prey on people and that operating outside safe office environments opens the door to more cyber attacks.

Now that your employees work remotely, how can you ensure that your organization stays productive – and safe?

Total’s Remote Work Cyber Security Solutions

In times like this, Total Technology Solutions can help you maintain regular business operations with the best possible cyber protection.

Undoubtedly, it’s more difficult to take care of remote employees’ cyber security than it is to manage your on-site endpoints. One careless mistake of your remote employee can compromise your business data.

Total can give you:

Advanced Threat / Endpoint (Anti-virus) Protection to help protect remote workers will be offered FREE until May 30, 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis

Total is happy to offer its Advanced Threat/Endpoint (Anti-Virus) Protection solution to remote workers for free until May 30, 2020. The solution is designed to autonomously identify and thwart cyber attacks through artificial intelligence (AI). The cloud-native solution can scale at the drop of a hat, which makes it useful for protecting employees who are rapidly transitioning to a work-from-home environment on their corporate and personal devices.

*Privacy on personal devices may be a consideration as the solution will detect anything determined as a threat. Total recommends that your business maintain a No Privacy Policy on work devices.

Multi-Factor Authentication – An Important Layer of Cybersecurity Defense

Given that home networks are often less secure than business networks, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is vital in these new circumstances. MFA adds a layer of security for employees accessing applications both on and off the network.

Mobile Services, If Required

At this time, most of our employees have been strongly encouraged to work from home. Total is able to operate with a high level of efficiency remotely. However, if remote support is not an option, Total will provide mobile services for all your continued IT support.

You can secure your remote workers by following this checklist:

IT CHECKLIST

  • Enable Local encryption
  • Local admin accounts are known with strong
    passwords
  • Limit external sharing of Cloud applications
    (OneDrive, etc)
  • Enable MDM for remote wipe capabilities
  • Review and enable remote endpoint security
    tools that can be centrally reviewed and
    monitored (Cylance, Cisco Scansafe, etc)
  • Provide ability to securely exchange files and
    information externally and internally (i.e.
    sharefile.com, office-365 encryption option
    enabled, on-premises solution, etc)
  • Enable Multifactor Authentication for remote
    connectivity that expires after 4-8 hours of use
    Review Incident Response procedure with all
    relevant parties

EMPLOYEE CHECKLIST

  • Secure workspace
    • Ability to lock laptop and any business
      relevant information when not in use
    • Safely perform conversations without visitors
      eavesdropping or shoulder surfing
  • Wireless Security
    • Change default Wifi Router passwords
    • Enable WPA-2 or higher encryption; Strong
      WEP password at minimum
    • Ensure your local router firmware is updated
  • Personal Device security
    • Updated IOT Device firmware (Smart
      Thermostats, Surveillance cameras, etc)
    • Ensure default passwords are changed
    • Updated software on all devices within your
      home network (Corporate laptop, IOT devices
      such as cameras and Smart Thermostats,
      personal laptops/tablets, etc)
  • Review corporate policies and procedures

AWARENESS

  • Corporate vs Personal
    • Do not share your corporate laptop for use with family or friends.
    • All corporate activities must be performed on the device provided by the organization
  • Limit social media use
    • Don’t reveal business itineraries, corporate info, daily routines, etc

If you have any concerns regarding the checklist or if you have any cyber security inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact us!

For a free vulnerability assessment, call Total at 888-777-8093.

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