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Securing Our Future
C llab rati n
TODAY and TOMORROW
Securing Your Home Office:
A Walkthrough Guide
Options include relying on a
trusted integrator partner,
utilizing enterprise resources
or drawing on workers' own savvy.
By Dr. Johannes Drooghaag
PROVIDING INTERNET CONNECTIVITY in a corporate office
environment entails several layers of advanced technology, and
a team of qualified experts must manage and monitor what
should and should not be happening. In many cases, this even
involves external experts and services from specialized partners.
Amid explosive growth during the past decade in costly cyber
incidents, we've even seen this at the level of small and medium-sized
enterprises. That is a positive development.
Your private internet connection is exposed to the same
risks as enterprise internet connections - although we are
not always aware of them - and those risks get significantly
larger when a home office comes into play. Enterprise-grade
security solutions and private internet connections are not
an equal match. And yet, there is an imperative to " play along "
when home office or work from anywhere becomes the standard.
This is the new reality, commonly known as hybrid work.
All that multi-layered, advanced technology that secures
internet connectivity at the enterprise level is wrapped up into
a simple and mostly small box for the home - your internet
router. What about that team of experts that manages the security
solutions, monitors the traffic and, when needed, takes
corrective actions? Well, that's now you! Welcome to your
new job as chief security officer for your home office and your
personal internet connection!
You're Now Chief Security Officer
Your internet router is at the heart of providing the internet and
Wi-Fi through which most devices connect to the world. All
modern internet routers have a web interface, and, if you haven't
yet seen the web interface of your internet router, you have
some important homework to do. In many cases, you will find a
label at the bottom with details, including how you can get into
your router from a connected device.
If you cannot find that information, go to your preferred
commercialintegrator.com
search engine, type the brand and type of device, and then
type " connect to web interface. " You will most likely find the
instructions to connect to your internet router, and, surely,
there will also be a link to a user manual. I recommend you
save that for later so you can look for what you need as we
start securing things.
You are now connected to your internet router. You logged
in with the default credentials or the credentials you found on
the label, right? Let's start with a very important step: Change
those credentials to something that only you know. And please
do not put a Post-it note on the router with the new credentials.
Instead, use a password manager to make sure your
credentials are stored safely. If you are unfamiliar with how to
change the credentials, just search in your preferred search
engine for brand and type, followed by change password.
The next essential thing to secure your internet router is to
make sure that the latest firmware is installed and the patches
are up to date. This will often be an option in the system settings,
and most devices now offer the option to check the current
version with the supplier. When a newer version is found,
it is very important that you install it immediately. The process
will vary by brand, but, in most cases, it means that the latest
version is downloaded to your router. Once done, you should
give the OK to install it. This will almost always mean that the
device will restart after the installation. It's important that you
Your private internet connection is exposed to the same
risks as enterprise internet connections, although we are not
always aware of them. These risks affect your home office.
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