Cybersecurity has rightfully been an area of concern for many business owners, especially regarding network safety and work-from-home security. According to a study by IBM, human error is the leading cause of 95 percent of cybersecurity breaches. And with Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, estimating that 70 percent of our workforce will shift to telework by 2025, this leads to even greater concern for employers following suit.
So, what can companies do to protect their business against cyberattacks, even with a remote workforce? In this blog, we’ll cover just how you can move forward to secure your company and ensure your work from home security is up to par to battle against an array of cyber threats.
The Concerns Surrounding Remote Data Security
Remote workforces create a lack of visibility, control, and awareness for employers regarding the daily digital practice of their workforce. This leaves not only the employees open to potentially malicious activity but the employer and their clients as well. And hackers are fully aware of this! More and more, we see businesses falling prey to a number of business privacy and data breaches, including:
- Phishing Scams
- Password Attacks
- Session Hijacking
- Business Email Compromise (BEC)
- And More
Every cyberthreat has the potential to cause long-term damage to your reputation and profitability. So, with risk looming around every digital corner, what can businesses do to halt hackers in their tracks?
#1 – Educate Your Team
The adage, knowledge is power, is a cliché for a reason. Educating your remote workforce on what role they play in protecting the company as a whole is vital to ensure costly mistakes are avoided. Train your team regarding what recent cyberthreats are floating around and clearly define protocols they should implement should data breaches occur.
An additional measure you can take is to provide employees with password policies that require strong, unique passwords and mandatory updates. This ensures that business privacy is never sacrificed over a simple mistake.
Another valuable policy to implement and share with your employees is a data loss prevention (DLP) plan. DLP strategies aid employees in spotting potential risks, active threats and ensure vital information are consistently backed up should the need to retrieve said information ever arise. These easy steps could save your business’s reputation, companywide data, client information, and profitability down the road.
#2 – Equip Your Team
Even though providing your team with equipment may seem costly, breaches of your company’s data can be catastrophic. When introducing personal devices to your network, you create easier access points for hackers to retrieve your data. One fix to this is to implement virtual private networks (VPN) and network security measures. These act as gateways to extend private networks across public ones and secure access from any device to your network. As a bonus, you can also better isolate data breaches from your private network.
Having cloud security is another way to ensure data is transferred between remote employees stays protected against cyber threats. In general, a great rule of thumb to improve work from home security is to implement tools and software that can be regularly updated internally across any number of remote devices. Cloud-based software provides access to those who need it and security against those who don’t.
#3 – Expand Your Team
Because cybersecurity technology is always evolving to stay ahead of sophisticated cyber threats, technology updates, and clever hackers, it’s best practice to hire an individual or team of IT experts to assess internal and external threats, conduct and evaluate cybersecurity reports, update security hardware and software and ensure downtime remains minimal. However, IT support and cybersecurity roles are notoriously difficult to fill, and oftentimes, the hiring process can drag out while you hunt for qualified candidates.
By hiring an external IT support team to manage your services, you’ll get all the benefits of a full-stack team of IT experts at a fraction of the cost of an internal hire. We provide benefits like ongoing support, IT consulting for in-office and work from home security tools, and data loss prevention techniques. To learn more about how our expertise can benefit your business, contact us today!