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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

NSA Guidance for Securely Working from Home

February 28, 2023

The pandemic has certainly changed the way we work. Hybrid working arrangements are here to stay. That means we need to up our cybersecurity posture and be much more vigilant about protecting our home and businesses. Malwarebytes has a post with advice from the National Security Agency (NSA) with best practices for remote workers. The NSA identifies three basic points for secure home computing.

  1. Upgrade and update all equipment and software regularly, including routing devices
  2. Back up your data and disconnecting any devices you can
  3. Limit administration to the internal network only

Making sure your devices are patched (computers, routers, etc.) is very important as is using a password manager to manage unique and strong logon credentials. You need to physically secure your devices as well. As an example, cover your webcam when it is not in use. If your camera doesn’t have a sliding cover shield, you can always use a piece of black electrical tape to cover the lens. When backing up, put your data on disconnected devices and use cloud services with strong security. Use encryption whenever possible too.

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