Tips for securely working off-campus

While working remotely, please observe the following security practices in order to keep your device, your data and the Brock network that you are connecting to, as safe and secure as possible.

  • Always use up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer(s).
  • Ensure that your Wi-Fi connection is secure. Only use WPA2 encryption for your home network and avoid using open, unsecured systems (public Wi-Fi).
  • Only use Brock-managed computers or services to transmit and store Brock data. For example, use Teams or Lifesize for meetings and online collaboration, and store your data on your OneDrive or SharePoint site. Do not use your personal computer to store data and avoid using services that the University does not control or support (e.g., Zoom, or 3rd party email services like gmail).
  • Enable and use MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication).
  • Back your data up frequently to OneDrive or SharePoint.
  • Limit your personal use of Brock-owned devices.
  • Make sure to lock your devices when not working on them or when leaving them unattended.
  • Password protect all devices with strong passwords.
  • Be extra-careful opening links (in emails, etc.). The University cannot protect your home network, so you may be more susceptible to phishing attacks while working remotely.
  • Expect scam and phishing attacks directly related to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Report any activity that could or has put Brock data at risk (e.g., you accidentally clicked a link in a phishing email, or you mistakenly sent private documents to others outside of the University).