Do you connect to the office network or VPN (Virtual Private Network) to get some work done in the evenings, on the weekends or when on the road? For many, the answer is yes.
One of the most frequently forgotten pieces of network security is making sure that personal devices used in employees’ homes conform to the standards in your office. Make sure your road warriors and remote workers have up-to-date antivirus software on the computers they are connecting in from, and that a good firewall is in use, when possible.
Just know that, as long as your office VPN is in use, it’s generally safe to connect into work from public hotspots. The VPN secures the connection between your computer and the office. Remote login software such as GoToMyPC may not use the same type of security as your VPN — and therefore may not be safe to connect through from a public hotspot.
Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.