cybersecurityNowadays, a growing number of people have started to work from home. Several studies have shown that employees that work from home, stay productive because they no longer have to commute and there are less distractions. Although the ability to let staff to telework when required offers better flexibility to businesses, working from home also has its own set of cybersecurity risks. Remote workers will not just risk their own privacy but also cause the cybersecurity breach in their company’s network.

Letting some of your staff to work remotely for a certain period is something many firms can take care of before these last few months. But when there’s a natural disaster, few enterprises are prepared to allow a large part of their workforce to work from home.

These companies don’t have the infrastructure to handle a lot of employees working remotely, and they also don’t have the security to protect their sensitive data. For many firms, their underlying support, software, and hardware structures can only support a small part of their employee population telecommuting.

 

 

Here are few things that your company needs to make sure that your employees are secured when they work from home.

  1. VPN – your work from home employees have to use a VPN. A lot of people know that using a VPN would bypass geographic restriction when accessing location specific content like Netflix. Aside from that, a VPN functions by encrypting your internet traffic, which means it will be unreadable to anybody who tries to intercept it.
  2. Wi-Fi Connections – the majority of Wi-Fi connections at residential properties these days are secure. But when you’re not at home, you should be careful about using public Wi-Fi networks. This goes the same for your employees whom you’ve allowed to work from home.
  3. Home Routers – A lot of people do not change their router password at home after it was first installed. This leaves their home network vulnerable to cybercriminals. It is important to tell your employees to boost their cybersecurity at home by changing the password in their home router. This will help prevent cybercriminals from access their devices and confidential information.
  4. Passwords – all of your accounts have to be protected by strong passwords. Using the same passwords for multiple accounts is not advisable. It will just take one hacker to take control of their accounts
  5. Two Factor Authentication – There’s more you can do than just have strong passwords. It’s better to another layer of protection using two-factor authentication. This could be through a text message or email, or even a fingerprint scan or facial recognition.
  6. Backups – your files have to be backed up on a regular basis. Your employees may fall victim to ransomware. And when that happens, you won’t have to worry about the files because you have a backup.
  7. FirewallsFirewalls serve as another line of defense to stop threats from getting access to the company’s system. They make a barrier between the internet and the devices of your employees by closing up the ports to communication.
  8. Antivirus Software – Install an antivirus software in the computer of your employees. Even though a firewall can help, threats will eventually get through. An advanced and good antivirus software could serve as another layer of defense by identifying and blocking common malware. Even when malware gets access to the device of your employees, an antivirus software might be able to prevent it.
  9. Encryption – When your employees have to communicate confidential information to your other staff, their devices must have an updated end to end encryption.
  10. Locking Devices – remind your employees to secure their device when they work in a public space to avoid data breach.
  11. Phishing – you should train your employees on how to identify and deal with phishing attacks as well as other types of social engineering that involves remote devices as well as remote access to the information systems of your company. Your staff should be cautious of any suspicious email from unfamiliar people, especially when they are being asked to open a file or click on a link.
  12. Contact for Reporting Issues – you should provide a phone number or email address that employees can contact to get in touch with your firm’s Incident Response Team in case they encounter potential cybersecurity Fayetteville NC problems when they are working at home.

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now if you need help in boosting your company’s cybersecurity especially for your employees who are working from home.

 

SpartanTec, Inc.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 420-9760
https://www.spartantec.com/

SpartanTec, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
http://manageditservicesfayetteville.com

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