The rise of malware targeting unsecured IoT endpoints mean it’s more important than ever to make security a priority. Remote workers who use their home office as their primary office are arguably at even more of a risk since they may be exposing corporate assets as well as personal assets. Gulf South recommends the following best practices to secure your home network.
Secure the perimeter
Businesses rely on advanced threat protection from systems like next-generation firewalls or unified threat management systems –– the Swiss Army knives of security –– to protect their LAN-side devices. Many off-the-shelf Wi-Fi routers aimed at consumers contain very little in the way of network management, let alone modern security. Consider installing a commercial-grade firewall or UTM solution; some network security software companies now offer home licenses.
Even if your home network is safeguarded behind a secure gateway, you still need to understand and establish a baseline for what is “normal” network traffic. Consumer routers offer little in the way of traffic analysis and reporting. You’ll need a gateway with application-level traffic reporting to see which IoT and other devices are phoning home.