Enterprise Security Practices You Can Perform at Home


Security is equally important in the home as it is in the workplace. Enterprise security involves areas of identity management access control, application auditing, and protection of data and information. It is strictly abided to preserve and protect the business from outside hackers and threat actors.

However, a similar level of personal security does not get the same attention. Too often, people reuse old passwords, networks shared with access permitted to those who use it, and security policy is whatever you feel it to be, as long as it’s simple.

Those sloppy security practices have every potential to slip into enterprise security. For consumers, that can have a financial impact when banking and credit information is concerned. It can also be much worse if an intruder to your home computer gets credentials for other services.

There are ways you can avoid such risks if you were to adopt those same enterprise practices, including ensuring that the applications you use are fully secure.

Misconception of Safety

A common misconception is that SaaS software like Dropbox takes care of the security of the organization’s apps. While SaaS vendors invest a lot into their security, it is an organization’s responsibility to ensure that the security of their apps is monitored and managed.

Those people using similar apps at home fall into bad habits that threaten their security, such as adding third-party apps to their personal or company workspace, reusing passwords, or sharing links publicly. Once a SaaS application becomes compromised, important information and personally identifiable details are a honeypot for threat actors and attacks, including ransomware, social engineering, phishing, and identity theft.

Steps to Take

One of the most important steps to take in home security is enabling any multi-factor authentication steps you can to secure identity in personal apps. Using these additionally requires good password practices.

You must also be aware of what personal information or permissions you are sharing at home, including your apps that contain or have access to protected information. A common phrase heard around offices is ‘think before you link’, and it is true. Get into the practice of not sharing any public links to documents that contain private information, calendar, or video conferencing invites included.

A good way to get your home security in shape is to write your home security policy and have it checked over by a security team at your workplace to see where there may be any weaknesses. It will also help in falling in line with your workplace security practices.

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