I sent my son a note this morning to ask if he was working at home. Yes, he said, but he had little choice in the matter. All of eastern Pennsylvania is shut down, he said, as is New Jersey and New York City, and a good chunk of the eastern seaboard. No one is going anywhere as Hurricane Sandy hits, but that doesn’t mean everyone is getting the day off. A lot of people are plugging in at home to work while they still have power and an Internet connection.
In a hurricane, flood, blizzard or any natural disaster, cybersecurity may not be at the forefront of anyone’s mind. As a company, you are probably more concerned with making sure your servers stay up and running and with how to handle any potential disaster. Hopefully, you’ve prepared in advance for employees who are suddenly working in remote areas or are using their own computers and other devices, especially if that isn’t a normal company policy.
When weather emergencies are on the horizon, most folks know to stock up on essentials like water and batteries. Some organizations offer a checklist of things to have on hand and in working condition. Have you considered creating a cybersecurity emergency checklist — things that your employees should know if they find themselves suddenly working from home or from another non-office location? Such a checklist would include the following issues:
Most importantly, stay safe.