Work from home: 9 steps to ensure business security!

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The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way organizations work. Many companies have no choice but to allow the option of ‘work from home’ to employees, and this may be for an indefinite period. With the current situation, where a considerable part of the workforce is working from home, it’s obvious for businesses to worry about new cyber vulnerabilities. In this post, we are sharing more on how businesses & employees can ensure security while working from home.

  1. Ensure device security. With hybrid and complex IT environments, employees are accessing company resources from their own devices, and for that, device security is must. Where it’s possible, consider investing in new devices for employees, with added security.
  2. All software, firmware and operating systems must be updated to the latest version. It is also important to remove software and apps that are not in use anymore, or are outdated.
  3. Ask employees to create long and strong passwords, with special characters, uppercase & lowercase numbers. If they are not using a password management tool, as yet, consider suggesting one.
  4. Consider multifactor authentication where required. This could be an added security question, a security code sent to mobile every time a device or resource is accessed, and other options like biometrics for selected accounts and users.
  5. Ensure that employees are using and accessing office networks through secure and encrypted connections. Recommend using a VPN, and don’t go for the free ones. Companies should pay for a reliable VPN.
  6. Discuss phishing from scratch. Hackers are using the current situation to use social engineering and launch phishing attacks. Send guidelines to all employees, so that they know what phishing is all about.
  7. Check for malware. It is not hard to detect suspicious emails, attachments, links, and downloads. Train your employees or send them an email on how to find malware and ways in which they can report to the cybersecurity team, if needed.
  8. Define IT security protocols. Every employee should know about IT security protocols, and while they work from home, these protocols may have to be altered. For instance, there could be some resources that they cannot access, no matter the need.
  9. Finally, companies need to be available for their employees. Offering support and ensuring that the cybersecurity and IT team is accessible to people working from home is necessary.

Check online now to find more on how other companies are handling the situation.