Technology is enabling more and more of us to work away from the office, either from home or while on the road. This gives you tremendous flexibility, but also has certain risks.
Ensure that only authorized individuals have access to any system used for work. For example children, guests or other household members may not have access to or use your work computer.
While at home or traveling, ensure that any devices you use for work are physically secure. For example, if you must leave your laptop in your car, first secure it in your trunk. If you are using your laptop at a conference all day, consider using a laptop cable lock to secure it. In addition, always double check and be sure you do not forget your devices while traveling, such as when you go through security at the airport, dropping off a car rental or when checking out of your hotel room.
When connecting your laptop or tablet to a public Wi-Fi network like those at an airport lobby, coffee shop or a hotel, remember that other people may be able to monitor your online activities or even attack your device and your communications. Be sure to login into the VPN prior to logging into online systems.
Always be sure to password lock your device whenever you leave it. This protects your device from people walking up to it while you are away and accessing it. Do not allow others to connect devices to your laptop such as their smartphone or USB sticks, as these could be infected as well.
Finally, if you believe any of the devices or systems you use for work have been compromised, lost or stolen report it to the IT team immediately.
To learn more, view the SANS Securing the Human video titled Working Remotely.