Since March, many of our routines changed overnight, like a bolt from the blue. Overnight, many Maltese and Gozitans ended up working from home as best they could. Despite the fact that some people liked the fact that they could continue to earn their keep without getting out of the house, it is good to know what needs security measures one should take so as not to put oneself in unnecessary danger.
In a video produced by Cyber Security Malta within the Government Information Technology Agency, MITA, attention was drawn to the fact that homeworkers are likely to have access to available resources on systems within the workplace. To make this access possible, custom-made VPNs, cloud storage, or web portals are often used.
It is crucial that the installation of such programs is done professionally by competent people. Security, which is greatly enhanced by the use of a two-factor authentication , ie when over and above the password the user receives an sms which further security and authentication.
Employers are therefore encouraged to draw up a number of guidelines to serve as a benchmark for all employees to work from home and have peace of mind. A company should also provide support so that those in doubt can seek help.