The rise of working from home brought new risks on your company security. Mitigate and manage cybersecurity risks and security breaches following these tips.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have had to adapt to working remotely. According to Gallup data, at least 62% of Americans are working from home. But before the pandemic, this number was not so high. The transformation has been very fast and abrupt, and COVID-19 has made it harder for companies to maintain security.
This transition has increased cybersecurity risks. Security breaches and cyberattacks are escalating as the number of employees working remotely increases. At Bonneville we want to offer you some recommendations so that you can protect your company from possible cyberattacks.
First, and the most important thing, does your team know what to do to ensure the security of your company? This checklist will serve as a guide to determine if your staff is trained in digital security issues.
Once the necessary cybersecurity tools are available to remote workers, companies must protect them with special controls. The first step is an internal audit to understand the effectiveness of cybersecurity controls. This will provide an approach to identifying where your organization may be vulnerable and to take the necessary measures to guarantee the protection that your business needs.
As security specialists, we recommend these actions to mitigate cybersecurity risks:
6 ways to ensure cybersecurity for remote workers (avoid security breaches)
Keep your software up-to-date
You should take advantage of your company’s existing policies to regularly update your software. These updates often include security patches that help prevent cyber threats.
Use VPN and firewalls
Virtual private networks (VPNs) and firewalls remain a critical requirement to protect your systems from cyberattacks. It’s also very important that your employees securely log into the VPN before accessing data remotely.
Have a plan for mobile devices
You must first make the decision to allow, or not, personal mobile phones and tablets on your company systems. Whatever decision you make, it is advisable to request passwords for these devices.
Don’t let your employees “share” their access
Each employee must have their specific login credentials for their company network. This allows the system administrator to monitor and audit logins in your company network. It is important that each employee only uses their credentials to log in and more importantly, that they do not share their access information.
Do not use “open” Wi-Fi networks
Make sure any Wi-Fi network you implement is secure and uses an encrypted connection. To hide your Wi-Fi network from unauthorized people, configure your wireless access point not to show up its Service Set Identifier (SSID). This SSID is the “name” of the Wi-Fi network, and configuring it this way means that you must know the name to connect to the network.
Don’t let just anyone install software
Administrative access to the company’s system should be reserved for those who are part of the IT security team. Users with Administrator privileges should only be logged in when needed and not for everyday tasks. This will ensure any unwanted software installation is hindered. Otherwise, it will not be possible to have control over who installs what, thus leaving security holes.
These are some tips that we can offer you. As a company you can strengthen your cybersecurity while your team fulfills their tasks from home. If you have questions about how to implement these practices in your organization, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you.
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