As we continue to see a significant increase in companies advising employees to work from home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there are steps your organization can take to provide secure remote work access to your staff.
This is a good opportunity for organizations to focus on preparedness so your business can go on as usual, even when a disruption like this occurs.
We face risks in cybersecurity every day. However, one of the challenges of enabling a remote workforce is that the chances of being the subject of credential-related attacks can increase significantly. Without the benefit of your core network protections, a user on the go could become infected without your knowledge, and even introduce the infection to your broader environment when they reconnect to your network.
Here are important steps you can take to use security as an enabler of productivity and access.
1. Determine if you have increased risk.
Identifying the additional vulnerabilities that may arise, especially as remote work increases, is fundamental so you can manage availability and take mitigation steps if needed.
2. Urge the use of a secured VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.
Remote employees are prone to being exposed to unsecure networks, so whenever possible it is recommended to use a company VPN to redirect Internet traffic through a protected server.
3. Educate remote employees about security awareness.
Your staff can play a critical defense role when it comes to avoiding cyber attacks. Put together a checklist focusing on best practices remote employees can easily embrace.
Here are some ideas you can drop in an email to your team:
- If your home network is public, make it private: Secure your home office by securing your wireless network.
- Use strong passwords: Protect identity and company credentials to stay away from malware.
- Beware of phishing: Avoid getting caught by a hacker by carefully reviewing emails that seem odd or unexpected.
- Use the VPN connection: Let's face it, employees don't always follow the security policies we put in place, but now is the time to get all the protection you can get.
As a full suite IT and cybsersecurity firm, Restech can help with your business technology and security needs. Contact us to learn more.