Your devices might be under lock and key while you’re working from home, but that doesn’t mean their connections are.
Here’s why remote working needs strong protective solutions – and how to implement those protections effectively.
For many businesses, the need to implement home working provisions may as well have snuck up overnight. 2020’s unparalleled events kicked off a drastic and rapid move to remote working, and with 50% of UK businesses yet to embrace the practice previously, it was a new and unfamiliar approach for many.
While most UK organisations now have their remote working provisions in place, ensuring they’re effectively protected could be another matter entirely. Here’s everything a company needs to protect their users and devices while they’re outside the safety of the office.
Company Mandated Hardware
You can rely on the average user to have a laptop, tablet or mobile phone for their own personal use. While this means there’s an inventory of existing hardware already in the hands of your employees, it’s also a minefield of potentially compromised devices and the risk of improper use. Sourcing your own hardware might sound like a budgetary hassle, but it’s the cheaper alternative to a catastrophic data breach.
A Secure Home WiFi Connection
Your users aren’t using the same connections as your workplace, and that might mean their security is significantly weaker. Many home routers come with default passwords set up in advance, so advise your home workers to change theirs to something original; if any malicious actors are trying to get onto your network via a home router, the default password is the first thing they’ll attempt.
A Virtual Private Network
A crucial component to any remote working setup, your Virtual Private Network (or VPN) hides your users’ IP addresses, location and network data, encrypting data across channels and allowing them to browse anonymously. By encrypting the data between your users and your company servers, confidential information is masked from any hackers or breaches, keeping the flow of data safe and secure.
Two Factor Authentication (2FA)
With so many of our services delivered online, it’s vital to take advantage of our providers’ 2FA solutions. Ensure that you’ve enforced 2FA for your Software as a Service (SaaS) users and your company emails to protect users from the effects of phishing attacks or data breaches.
Email and Anti-Virus Protection
It doesn’t always take a targeted attack to compromise your systems; sometimes, all it takes is a user opening the wrong attachment or navigating to the wrong webpage. With email and internet virus protection such as Mimecast and Webroot, companies make use of corporate-grade protection for their users and servers which proactively prevents threats from reaching their destination.
Phishing and Security Training
It’s vital that employees don’t lose sight of common online threats – not only to their business, but to their own personal data. Where possible, keep performing regular phishing awareness tests and training, helping protect your business and users from common cyber crime campaigns.
By incorporating the above solutions, your hardware and devices will be better protected during any remote working period – and just as safe upon their return to the office.
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