Having staff members work from home raises some data security concerns, but they can be overcome by following a few best practices we have outlined below.
- Formulate rules.
You can start by formulating rules that define the extent and manner in which personal devices may be used for work purposes only.
- Who is allowed to use personal devices for work?
- Spell out the regulations that they must follow. For example, require regular checks for Malware is short for “Malicious Software” and is typically coded and designed by cybercriminals for the intel to corrupt a machine, system or gain access to a network. Malware is most commonly created and sold on the Dark Web. and updates to anti-malware software, etc.
- If there are restrictions to the device type, software or operating systems that may be used, out of security concerns, then that also should be addressed.
2. Focus on the 2 Ts of cybersecurity.
Train your staff: The first T is training your staff on how to identify IT threats and cybercrime activities that they can be a victim of. Examples include Phishing is a social engineering event where a cybercriminal attempts to receive personal information, like a credit card number or bank account information through email, phone or SMS text messaging by posing as a legitimate person or institution. Typically, this is the first step involved in identity theft or financial loss. emails, dubious attachments, clone sites, etc., Another area to train your staff is on free/public wifi. They need to know that public wifi can be a gateway for hackers and cybercriminals into your system. Accessing emails from the airport’s waiting lounge or the mall’s food court, can expose your business to IT threats.
Teach good password hygiene: This is the second T. Help your employees understand how important password strength is. They should be able to identify weak passwords and steer clear of them. Also, they need to know that no matter how urgent the situation seems, password sharing is not acceptable, especially via email. Similarly, mistakes such as repeating the password for multiple accounts, not changing the passwords frequently, etc., can make a cyber criminal’s job easier.
3. Keeping things under control.
You can conduct monthly audits of the devices your employees will be using for work purposes. Arrange for regular security patch implementation, firewall installation and software updates. Install quality anti-malware software, firewalls, and make sure email security systems are in place. Even in the remote environment, you can ensure appropriate data access through role and permission-based access control measures.
All of this may seem new, and tedious, especially for businesses that are looking to recover from the effects of the on-going pandemic, which is why it is a good idea to team up a managed service provider, like Accelerate, to help set up a strong, secure, work-from-home environment for your business!