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Work-From-Home Best Security Practices: Synergy Infosec’s Ping Response Testing and Online Zone Transfer Test

11.30.20

Working from home has become the new norm for many individuals and leaves many with questions on how to adapt to this new work environment.


Work-From-Home Best Security Practices:

Synergy Infosec’s Ping Response Testing and Online Zone Transfer Test


October 22, 2020 


Working from home has become the new norm for many individuals and leaves many with questions on how to adapt to this new work environment. A recent Nulab survey asked employees surveyed if they were equipped to work remotely; 20% of those surveyed stated that they felt unprepared to work remotely. When asked in the same Nulab survey, participants were asked what office supplies they had to work from home. 95% of those surveyed stated that they had a computer, 85.5% indicated that they had a strong internet connection, and 63.7% indicated that they had a printer. These essential office supplies help make working from home possible, but like any connected device, it is capable of being the victim of malicious attacks. 


31.8% of Nulab survey participants stated that they had purchased new equipment to help them work remotely. While this sounds like a great idea, the addition of new and potentially unsecured equipment can wreak havoc on your cybersecurity. 42.9% of those surveyed stated that they felt less productive while working remotely. This could be for several reasons; this could include working in a family environment, anxiety concerning COVID-19, or technical problems with their work from home setup.


The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has presented some best practices for working from home. This includes reviewing your company rules and policies regarding working from home. They suggest this review to ensure that you are complying with them. NIST also recommends being on the lookout for unusual or suspicious activity on your devices for working from home. If you do notice suspicious activity, notify your company immediately. 


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) suggested only using video and audio capable software that is specifically approved by your company to avoid potential security breaches. CISA and NSA also suggest only using work equipment to fulfill your job responsibilities. These organizations also recommend only connecting to an internet network that you are in complete control of. This includes your home networks but does not include public networks like the airport of a coffee shop. The CISA and NSA do not recommend forwarding personal emails to your work account, storing work-related information on a personal device, or using social media for work-related purposes. 


Synergy Infosec is here to help with your work from home needs, offering resources such as Ping Response Testing. If you think your computer/ device is lagging in the amount of time, it takes to send information to another computer/device. This test can help. This may sound complicated and cumbersome, but with the Test Ping tool, you can copy and paste your IP address or Domain info into the blank, click Ping, and your test is completed effortlessly for you. This tool can be found on our easy to use dashboard and can help you identify potential deficiencies in your work setup. Synergy Infosec’s Online Zone Transfer Test is a great tool to use for network troubleshooting. Zone transfer is excellent for copying content from one server to another server. This is especially useful to ensure your domains are running smoothly and less susceptible to attack. 


Using these tools is simple and is available 24/7. If you or your company is unsure where to start, Synergy Infosec also provides excellent and honest consultations.

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