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Working from Home Securely

These topics are expressed in the form of an email in the event they need to be sent to District employees. They are also written from the perspective of an internal email. Feel free to modify as needed for any change of medium.

Working from Home Securely – Stay Protected and Updated

(Endpoint Protection and Malware on District-owned and Personal Devices)

As we all adjust to new routines while working from home, we will all need to remember our responsibilities for keeping District systems and student data safe and secure. To help with this, we’ll be sending a series of reminders and expectations for working from home securely.

District-Issued Computers

If you are using a District-issued computer, most of these responsibilities are taken care of for you automatically. The most helpful thing you can do is to restart your computer at the end of each work day to make sure you have all updates fully applied as quickly as possible.

Personal Computers

Many of us use personal computers to check email and access online District resources. As described in the Acceptable Use Policy, it is our responsibility to “maintain current security updates and anti-malware software.”

Please enable automatic installation of security updates as follows:

How to Change Windows Update Settings

Turning on Automatic Updates – Mac, iPhone and iPad

Please confirm anti-malware is installed on personal PCs and Macs as follows:

District partner Sophos is offering free access to their Home Commercial product for the duration of the Covid-19 response. To take advantage of this offer:

  1. Visit https://home.sophos.com/employee
  2. Use your work email address to verify your eligibility and receive your unique coupon code.  NOTE: Your personal email address is to be used later for registration.  During registration, please ensure the accuracy of your personal email as coupon codes are single-use.
  3. Follow a few simple steps to register for and download the product, extending Sophos security to your home devices.
Updated on April 17, 2020

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