This week will see a lot of people staying home and working from their dens and kitchen tables as we continue to strive for social distancing and combating the Coronavirus here in the United States.

While for some this may be a regular occurrence, there are certainly going to be many workers who don't and will be bringing their computers and supplies home.

In doing so, it's important to know some of the things both businesses and individuals can do to help protect themselves on the internet in these times.

We had Holly Hubert, CEO of Global Security IQ and retired Special Agent in Charge with FBI Buffalo, on with Clay and Company this week to discuss what you can do.

Consider the following cybersecurity best practices for evaluating a remote-access setup:

  • Ensure all remote access accounts have 15+ character passwords with numeral and special character complexity requirements.
  • Ensure multi-factor authentication (MFA) is available and enabled for all remote access accounts.
  • Utilize a Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution over a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)/remote-desktop solution. Most modern firewalls are capable of provisioning secure VPN accounts, check with your provider.
  • Advise employees to avoid public Wi-Fi networks, particularly when working with customer or other sensitive data.
  • Require anti-virus and an automatic lockout after 15 minutes for all devices used to remotely access your network.
  • Avoid non-secure/non-corporate managed file sharing services (e.g., Google Docs, etc.).