Hybrid work has become more popular than ever, and some jobs have even shifted completely to remote work. With this rise in working away from the office, businesses need to know how to maintain their cybersecurity, and employees must have the tools necessary to not put their business and personal information at risk. If done correctly, a shift to remote work doesn’t have to slow a business down, and you can maintain a high level of security and flexibility.
Education and Mindset
The first step for secure remote work is proper staff training. If employees do not receive adequate training on the tools you will give them and the mindset needed for remote work, then those tools are bound to fail due to human error. Staff will need to know how to respond to phishing attacks outside of the office, what security tools they have available to them, and, most importantly, how those tools will affect their daily work experience. For example, having a strong VPN to secure traffic to your network won’t help anyone if your staff do not know the importance of turning it on and continually ensuring that it is on.
Secure Connections To-Go
VPNs are also a great example of security tools everyone needs for safe work. Unless employees are connecting to the business network through a secure, private home internet connection, they will face the inherent risks in unsecured connections. Having a business grade VPN will help ensure they safely connect to your network every single day.
Also, just because your team is remote doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be well connected as well. Everyone, whether they work remote or not, should have strong channels of communication with each other outside of email services. This ensures that remote workers can contact their coworkers or managers in the event of suspicious email activity to increase response times to phishing attempts or compromised accounts.
Secure Remote Work Tools
The best way to make remote work more secure is to improve your company’s overall security posture. Remote workers should have high quality security tools like endpoint protection, multifactor authentication (MFA), and a next-generation firewall to guard against threats around the clock. These tools become crucial as your number of network endpoints increases. Every single user that connects to your network from anywhere in the world should be covered by at least these three cybersecurity services because it only takes one compromised account to severely damage your business.
One of the biggest reasons so much of the workforce has moved to working from home is that remote work does not have to be unsecure work. Employees will just need a strong, secure network to connect to, the right tools to connect to your network anywhere they are in the world, and the appropriate training to use all the tools available to them effectively. Here at Robinett Consulting our staff can work from home, and some company work gets done completely remote. We know what it takes to do remote work securely, and we want to provide your business the same level of security we trust every day.