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The transition to remote work has certainly presented benefits for employees, however it also has left many businesses juggling to properly setting policies and security protocols. There is an increasing number of companies that are picking up the trend of moving toward long-term remote work arrangements which would require advanced safeguards put in place against cyberattacks and data breaches.
However, questions need to be asked as to what measures does your business need to adopt to secure your employees’ remote access for the foreseeable future?
Here are remote work security tips you can incorporate to ensure your company’s assets are safe.
Remote workers are typically the first to face security threats. There is an assumption that the IT department in your company takes responsibility for protecting them even outside of the office. Remote workers often face network security incidents that can active move down through the rest of the organization. Despite some companies not having remote employees, mobile devices like smartphones and laptops pose security risks.
There are a handful of businesses that continuously resist establishing multi-factor authentication due to the fact that it’s seen as a hassle. The thought of waiting for an authentication code is a process that many would rather not take. However, switching on a two-factor authentication for all enterprise accounts is key in order to enhance password protection and anti-malware.
Use a home-network security solution not only provides a secure baseline for working at home, • Update your network’s security with strong and unique passwords. • Adjust overly permissive factory default settings on your network devices. • Install an antivirus software and update regularly on all your devices. • Regularly update your device’s software. • Turn off your internet connections when not in use for long periods of time.
If possible, only allow work devices to connect to the corporate network, and/or employee devices that have been previously scanned for threats.
Switch on automatic updates for all home computer systems (operating systems and software). Ensure smart home devices are on latest software version and have strong passwords or 2FA.