Coronavirus: Cyber security guidance for home working

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Advice to help businesses manage cyber security challenges of increased home working

Organisations are being urged to follow cyber security best practice guidance to help prepare for an increase in home and remote working in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published advice for UK companies to reduce the risk of cyber attack on deployed devices including laptops, mobiles and tablets, and tips to help staff spot typical signs of phishing scams.

Working from home is new for a lot of organisations and employees. Even if home working has been supported for some time, there may suddenly be more people working from home than usual, some of whom may not have done it before.

The NCSC has outlined recommended steps for organisations in:

  • preparing for home working
  • setting up new accounts and accesses
  • controlling access to corporate systems
  • helping staff to look after devices
  • reducing the risk from removable media

Within the guidance, there is also advice on dealing with phishing emails and fraudulent websites. See also Coronavirus: Beware of criminals exploiting outbreak.

Read the NCSC's full guidance on Home working: preparing your organisation and staff.