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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the past few weeks has seen businesses across the globe quickly adopt a home working approach, which has caused a new wave of security threats to emerge.
A working from home (WFH) strategy presents plenty of new opportunities for teams to modernise and re-think how they connect, collaborate and deliver services. However, such a large number of organisations transitioning to home working over a short period of time has also unfortunately allowed cybercriminals to seize new opportunities.
To help you make your WFH strategy as secure as possible, we’ve put together our five top tips for stronger home working cybersecurity.
So many of us are accessing our workplace files from outside the office right now – but are you and your team covering the basics when it comes to connecting securely? Ensure that you:
When teams work from home, this naturally increases the number of endpoints for your business network. This isn’t an issue if adequate security policies and procedures are in place. However, as we mentioned before, cybercriminals are taking advantage of people and businesses not equipped to deal with remote security threats. Three common threats to think about are:
This comes back to the basics. If you’re not using a DaaS solution, where all your software and applications are managed for you, you must ensure software and antivirus are kept up to date. If not, opportunistic cybercriminals may identify and exploit vulnerabilities in your network, hacking your business systems and causing a data breach. With such a high volume of cybercrime currently present, it’s not worth taking any chances.
Should anything happen to home working devices or office hardware, or your business data is targeted by a cyber-attack, the ability to retrieve as much of that information as possible is essential. Ensure all your business-critical data is backed up to a location totally separate to your corporate network. For ease, first centralise the storage of all business-critical data from which secure off-site backups can be regularly generated.
With often large financial and reputational repercussions involved with non-compliance, this tip is crucial. For some, complying with industry standards may depend on employees being within your secured office premises and not account for a remote working scenario. Double-check exactly what is required of your business to maintain compliance standards and how you can adapt your WFH strategy to accommodate these requirements.
The ability for your business to adopt a WFH approach is essential in the current climate, whether it’s to cater to the expectations of modern workforces, ensure business continuity in adverse weather, or even to manage under the strain of a global pandemic.
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