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Social distancing is a term applied to certain actions that are taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease such as COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution and following the guidance of state and federal governments, many companies are practicing social distancing by encouraging or requiring employees to work from home. This action, although prudent, presents problems in the cybersecurity domain as workers move from a trusted and secured office network to a remote location, where in most cases only Internet connectivity and electric power are imperatives. This move extends a corporate network in ways that make it more difficult to secure and thus presenting an opportunity for cyber criminals to take advantage of the situation. In fact, cyber criminals are already using "Coronavirus" and “COVID-19” as subject lines for phishing scams - hoping to fool some unsuspecting worker into clicking on a link or opening an attachment that results in the installation of malware or unwittingly handing over usernames and passwords.
With that in mind, here are some tips to stay safe as you and your employees work from home:
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