Do you remember the time when working from home was considered a luxury? Now, workers across the world have transitioned to working remotely due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19. Remote work has become a necessity in today’s world.
However, the sudden transition to remote work has left many gaps in security strategies and protocols. More companies are considering making the transition to remote work long-term, but this will require making changes to the security protocols and strategies to ensure protection against identity theft, data breaches, and other cyberattacks.
What security measures does your business have in place to ensure your remote workers are protected?
Tip #1: Invest in the right antivirus software
One of the most effective resources available to your business is antivirus software. A cyber attack can result in significant financial and reputational damage to a business. There is a strong chance the numbers will rise as more cyber criminals look to obtain access to remote workers’ internet networks and VPNs. The right antivirus software will release some pressure because the software suite will take on the task of monitoring your system and your network.
Tip #2: Ensure your programs are updated
Every time you turn on your device, there will be new vulnerabilities. Whenever a new vulnerability is found, cyber criminals will always find it and exploit it. Cyber criminals are depending on people to neglect system updates because it will allow them to exploit the vulnerabilities. It is important to ensure the systems and networks are updated, especially if it is going to be used for work-related purposes.
Tip #3: Safeguard your devices from outsiders
While business owners and managers trust their employees to maintain the safety and privacy for company-related information, it is important to remember that company computers and other devices can potentially be accessed by family members, especially children. Devices should be kept safe so other family members will not have access to the devices. Passwords are also vital to preventing anyone else from accessing the device and the files.
Here are a few IT security best practices that we want you to keep in mind while remote working:
- Secure your video meetings
- Do not open suspicious emails
- Beware of phishing attacks
- Create complex passwords
- Separate your work-related internet activity from your personal Internet activity
- Ensure you have a strong network connection
- Use a secure cloud solution
If you have concerns about your current remote work security policies, it is important to take the right steps so you can access and implement the proper measures. What changes will you make to ensure your business is protected against cyber threats and attacks?