Currently, many of us are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a lot of people are beginning to wonder when we will return to the office – and how. Once we do return, there are some steps we can take to keep ourselves safe. We need to stop the spread of COVID-19, that’s for certain. Of course, another priority should be to keep ourselves safe from the most widespread cyber attacks. There are many types of viruses – human and otherwise – to be aware of.
Your personal technology likely does not have the same malware protection that office technology is equipped with. With many professionals now working from home during this time, more personal devices are being used for office work. This can spell trouble as well as vulnerability to many types of cyber attacks. When employees return to the office and connect their personal devices to their employer network, malware could be transferred.
In addition, hackers may have observed home working patterns that could be applied to phishing and other scams. This is just one of the many things to consider when it comes time to think about returning to the office. Here are some ways that you can keep yourself, and your data, safe when it’s time to return to the workplace.
It may be smart to bring sanitizing supplies with you to work. Keep hand sanitizer on your desk and a pack of sanitizing wipes in your workspace drawer. This way, you can easily clean your hands and anything on your desk that might come into contact with germs. It’s a good idea to wipe down your workspace and writing implements at the end of the day.
Also, be sure to clean your computer keyboard with a tech-friendly sanitizing solution. Germs can easily be transferred to and picked up again from your computer keyboard. Your hands are one of the main vehicles for germs, so remember to wipe it down after you touch a foreign object.
Workers will likely return to their offices before the virus is completely eradicated. Even once there is a vaccine, it will remain important to prevent the spread of germs. One useful tool in slowing viral spread is social distancing. Experts recommend staying a minimum of six feet away from others at all times if possible. Maintaining social distance can help you to stay safe. It can also help you to keep others safe. It may be hard at first, but it will become easier to remember over time.
On your lunch break, for instance, sit six feet away from others, and maintain distance when you’re at your desk. If you need to speak to someone else in their space, be mindful to stay at a safe distance. This will help curtail the spread of germs. It may also be wise to continue using virtual meeting applications and software.
Once employees return to the office, there is the risk of opening up the corporate network to many types of cyber attacks. Personal devices aren’t usually as protected as corporate technology. Because of this, many professionals could have malware or other shadow software lurking on their phones or laptops.
When these devices connect to the office network, they could act as a conduit for various types of cyber attacks. How do you protect against this risk? The right solution will vary. For the best cyber attack risk mitigation, contact us at LACT. We can provide the tools you need to stay safe.