With the technological advancements made in recent history, it is becoming more and more practical to work remotely. What does this mean for your business in terms of cyber security? What precautions will your IT team need to make to ensure that employees working remotely will be able to work securely as well? These are the questions that you will need to ask as working remotely becomes increasingly common. Working remotely is a trend that is growing very quickly. Business owners and IT professionals need to be aware of the different security and infrastructure requirements of their remote workers.
Remote employees are often given a company computer to work from. When the computer is exclusively used for work purposes, it minimizes the chances of exploitation from malware and other malicious cyber-attacks. But keeping a computer strictly for work use can be difficult and costly to enforce. On top of that, most remote workers are using more devices than ever. Cell phones, laptops, desktops, wearable technology; these devices all have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Wearables are a relatively new and growing concept, especially in the workforce. As wearable technology advances, it is imperative that IT teams can keep devices such as smart watches and smart glasses secure.
In all possible cases, company employees working remotely should use strong passwords and keep login credentials secure. When possible, 2 step authentication should be utilized.
Cyber-attacks will target network vulnerabilities or personnel vulnerabilities, usually through social engineering. It’s up to your IT team to be aware of what equipment is being used to access company networks remotely, and how to continually keep those devices as safe as possible.
Use Cloud Services
When remote employees use cloud based applications, it shifts the responsibility of data security to the providers of the cloud services. In addition, businesses may also use cloud based security measures to protect vital company data. Cloud services are still vulnerable to human error, and of course social engineering. If a remote employee becomes a victim to phishing, they may give up their login credentials, making cloud stored data accessible to cyber-attacks.
Properly protected cloud services give remote employees the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere, anytime, as long as they have an internet connection.
When it comes to cyber security, education is incredibly important. All networks, including remote networks, need to be secure and regularly updated to provide maximum security. When networks are secured, the next best way to attack a system is through exploiting the users of that system. Many cyber-attacks rely on preying on people that are ignorant to the techniques used to gain access to valuable user data.
If you have remote access employees, ensure that they receive training that will alert them to current cyber-attack methods and the protocols that they should follow to ensure that company data stays secure.
Cyber-attacks are often targeted towards social media users. Update employees on the techniques used to unlawfully gain personal and company information.
IT professionals need to stay updated on the evolving techniques used in cyber-attacks. Giving your team the tools need to monitor remote workforce will detect issues faster and enable faster respond times.
While the remote workforce continues to grow, it is up to your company to maintain network security. Being flexible yet still maintaining control will help more workers to do their jobs without compromising data security. There is no question that remote working will be a big part of the future. With more than 1.7 million paid employees working from home in Canada already today, it’s not surprising to see. and the rest of the world. Keeping your IT team and remote employees educated and equipped to handle security threats from cyberattacks will save your business a lot of trouble as we adapt to these changes.
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