Jonathan Gallo, Attorney, Vandeventer Black Attorneys at Law

Prioritizing Cybersecurity in a Hybrid Workplace by Jonathan Gallo

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Smart devices need smart security: Tips for staying safe working from home.

Get concrete advice about securing your smart devices and personal information when working from home. The hybrid workplace will only expand in the future, so this video is a timely reminder to practice active security.

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You’ll learn

  • Security steps when setting up new devices, including limiting who has access 

  • About turning off locations services and proper online hygiene during onboarding

  • The best practices everyone should follow, including updating software and using two-factor authentication

Who is this for?

Security Professionals Business Leaders


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Jonathan Gallo
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00:01 [Music]

00:08 hi everybody jonathan gallow here

00:10 and on today's episode we're going to

00:12 talk about prioritizing cyber security

00:14 in a hybrid workplace

00:17 the past year and a half

00:19 employees have become more connected

00:20 than ever

00:21 the hybrid workplace is clearly here to

00:23 stay and for employees this means

00:25 relying on connected devices from their

00:27 home offices

00:29 now according to some recent data i read

00:31 smart home systems are set to rise to a

00:33 market value of 157 billion dollars by

00:37 2023

00:38 and the number of installed connected

00:40 devices in the home is expected to rise

00:42 by a staggering 70 percent by 2025.

00:46 in this new normal where smart devices

00:50 and online safety are a must here are

00:52 some tips for securing those devices

00:55 remember that smart devices need smart

00:57 security

00:58 and it's important to make cyber

01:00 security a priority when purchasing a

01:02 connected device

01:03 when setting up a new device

01:05 you got to remember to set up the

01:07 privacy and security settings on web

01:09 services

01:10 and devices keeping in mind that you can

01:12 limit who you're sharing information

01:14 with

01:15 and once your device is set up remember

01:17 to keep track of the security of the

01:19 information you store on the device and

01:21 to actively manage location services so

01:24 you don't unwittingly expose your

01:26 location

01:28 next put cyber security first on your

01:30 job make it a priority when you're

01:32 brought into a new role

01:34 good online hygiene should be part of

01:36 any organization's onboarding process

01:38 but if it's not take it upon yourself to

01:41 exercise best practices to keep your

01:42 company safe

01:44 and some practices include performing

01:46 regular software updates and patching

01:48 enabling multi-factor authentication and

01:51 guarding against phishing scams

01:53 listen to some other podcasts we've

01:55 presented on these topics

01:58 make your passwords and pass phrases

02:00 strong as well

02:02 secure passwords or phrases are

02:04 essential so even if the website you're

02:06 on doesn't require it be sure to combine

02:08 capital and lowercase letters with

02:10 numbers and symbols to create more

02:12 secure passwords and don't ever use the

02:14 same password across accounts generic

02:17 passwords are easy to hack

02:19 and if you need help remembering and

02:21 storing your passwords

02:23 don't hesitate to turn to a password

02:25 manager for assistance

02:27 also

02:28 never use public computers to log into

02:30 any accounts

02:32 while working from home you may be

02:34 tempted to change the scenery and work

02:36 from a coffee shop or another area of

02:38 public space with free wi-fi

02:41 while that's a great way to keep the day

02:42 from becoming monotonous you got to use

02:45 caution to protect yourself and your

02:46 company

02:48 make sure that the security is at the

02:49 top of your mind always especially while

02:52 working in a public setting by keeping

02:54 activities as generic and anonymous as

02:56 possible and utilize a virtual private

02:59 network when engaging any company in any

03:02 company business

03:04 and finally turn off wi-fi and bluetooth

03:07 when idle

03:08 the uncomfortable truth is when wi-fi

03:10 and bluetooth are on they can connect

03:12 and track your whereabouts

03:14 to stay as safe as possible if you don't

03:16 need them switch them off it's a simple

03:18 step that can help alleviate tracking

03:20 concerns and incidents

03:22 now these are just a few simple steps

03:24 toward achieving the best online safety

03:26 possible

03:27 staying safe online is an active process

03:29 that requires constant overseeing at

03:32 every stage

03:33 from purchasing and setting up a device

03:35 to making sure that your day-to-day

03:37 activities are not putting anyone at

03:39 risk

03:40 by following these steps you're doing

03:43 your part to keep yourself and your

03:45 company safe from malicious online

03:48 activity

03:49 if you have any questions about this or

03:51 anything related to cyber security feel

03:53 free to give me a call at 757-446-8683

03:58 or email me at jay gallow at


04:03 and once again thanks for listening

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