devices security in the workplace

Keeping Devices Secure: 10 Rules For Device Security

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Employees and managers

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Keeping our devices safe and secure is crucial to contribute to a safer work environment.

Device Security Best Practices

1. Passwords are your first line of defense

Use strong, unique passwords for each account.

Change passwords regularly, at least every three months.

Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible.

2. Keep software and systems up to date

Regularly update your operating system, antivirus software, and applications.

Set up automatic updates to ensure you’re always running the latest, most secure versions.

3. Beware of phishing attacks

Never click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown sources.

Verify the legitimacy of emails, especially those requesting sensitive information.

4. Use company-approved devices and software

Avoid using personal devices for work-related tasks.

Install only approved software and applications on your work devices.

5. Secure your physical workspace

Lock your computer when away from your desk.

Keep sensitive documents secure and shred them when no longer needed.

6. Be cautious with removable media

Scan external drives and USBs for malware before using them.

Don’t plug in unknown devices into your work computer.

7. Report security incidents promptly

If you notice anything suspicious, report it to your IT department immediately.

Time is critical in responding to potential security threats.

8. Educate yourself on social engineering tactics

Be wary of unsolicited requests for information, whether by phone or email.

Verify the identity of individuals before sharing sensitive information.

9. Encrypt sensitive data

Use encryption tools to protect confidential information, both in transit and at rest.

Understand the company’s policies on data encryption and adhere to them.

10. Secure your Wi-Fi connections

Use strong, unique passwords for Wi-Fi access.

Avoid public Wi-Fi for work-related tasks unless using a secure VPN.

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