GUEST COLUMNIST—Dan Francis, FAIA –<br>Cyber-Security in Any Work Environment

Cyber-Security in Any Work Environment

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Rytech reached out to its’ Florida Partner, The Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) regarding cyber security threats in todays new remote working environments.

Whether your new normal will be at home or the office or both, FAIA’s New Director of Information and Technology, Dan Francis, has specific recommendations on securing your workspace.

As you are well-aware, COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the work environment significantly. Some of us are working 100% remote; some of us are working in the office full time (with social distancing measures in place); and some of us are working in a hybrid capacity both remote and in office. No matter what your setup is, cyber security threats don’t care where you work. With that fact in mind, here are a few things that you can do to enhance the security of your work environment.

Create a Secure Workspace–Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your workspace:

  • Have a clear understanding of the hardware and software required for your job and know whether or not your organization will be providing those resources.
  • Find a comfortable and private space with minimal distractions. This will help with both productivity and security–you don’t want anyone taking a peek at your screen!
  • Keep information safe by putting important documents away, shredding anything that is no longer needed, and by locking your computer when you are not at your desk

Maintain Digital Security–Here are some ways to increase your digital security at home:

  • If you’re using your personal computer, make a separate user account with a password that is specifically for work. Don’t let anyone else use this account.
  • If you’re using a computer provided by your organization, only use it for work purposes and never give someone else access.
  • Most routers come with a default username and password that are public knowledge. Ensure your internet connection is secure by changing this to a unique password

Maintain Office Best Practices–Here are some best practices you can use in the office and at home:

  • Understand your organization’s work from home policies. For example, if your organization requires the use of a virtual private network (VPN), you should know how to connect to the VPN and who to contact if you have any questions or complications.
  • Use a unique, strong password for any website or program that requires a login. Never use the same password twice. Using a password manager application is recommended.
  • Stay alert and think before you click! Always be skeptical of requests for sensitive information.

If you are looking for more guidance on implementing security guidelines and protocols in your work environment, feel free to visit

“Find a comfortable private space with minimal distractions”

Dan Francis’ main area of expertise is web development utilizing Microsoft’s ASP Net platform. He also possesses skills and knowledge in mobile application development, SQL/Databases, and Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Azure. He has consultative experience in the world of application development and served as team and technical lead on a major multi-million dollar project for the State of Florida’s Department of Education. He is responsible for developing the FAIA dashboard that provides a graph of FAIA member participation. Email: