CYBERSECURITY is now all the more important for you and your employees. Research shows that since working from home, 8 percent of people have increased access to confidential data compared with the 6 percent who say they have less.
Only a third (34 percent) of small businesses are keeping employees updated on security requirements for personal devices. Research shows that 52 percent of employees believe they can get away with riskier behavior when they work remotely.
It’s not the same case for everyone. Usually, cybersecurity is in the hands of a team on-site, but now more of the responsibility is on the employees to manage these risks.
Let’s look at ways to defend your business data while your employees are working remotely.
Use a password manager
It’s an ideal time to examine how passwords are generated and used within your company. Your team might be using simple combinations – or the same password across their accounts so that they don’t keep forgetting them. Tell them that this can put your business at risk of cyberattacks too as cybercriminals will find it easier to guess their login details.
Password managers can help you here. They securely save passwords and generate strong new passwords. If multiple team members need to log into the same account, they can share passwords with your team in a safe way, rather than by email or instant messenger where it can be sensitive to hackers.
Request staff to encrypt their home WiFi
With your employees at home, ensure that their WiFi network is encrypted. Change the router’s default password as it’s sensitive to fraudsters. Default passwords tend to be weaker.
Propose two-factor authentication (2FA)
You’ll know 2FA from other platforms you use like banking apps. The user requires two forms of identification to gain access – such as password and PIN code – making it more difficult for hackers to guess the user’s login details. You can also use apps like Microsoft/Google Authenticator – this will send an approval notification to your phone which you can either approve or deny.
Some won’t be able to enable 2FA. You should look at other security options accessible to you. One-time passwords and biometric authentication are two options.
Be scam savvy
Scams have shot up since coronavirus cases started to surge. Research shows there have been over 200 reports of coronavirus-related phishing scams. This is why your employees must know what legitimate communication looks like as well as false communication.
Keep yourself and your staff informed upon current scams that are doing the rounds. Advise employees not to click on suspicious links or attachments, checking unofficial domains on email addresses along with spelling and grammatical errors.
Train your staff
Having the right training in place is necessary for working remotely. Set out training on any new programs you’re using now that your employees are working remotely. Reinforce staff responsibilities, including when to report cybersecurity issues.
Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN allows you to generate a private network where you can access files and emails remotely. It can hide a user’s internet protocol (IP), encrypt data that is in transit, and conceal a user’s location.
Plan specific steps to protect data at home
Encourage your staff to do all updates and back-ups. Patches will fix security vulnerabilities and increase your company’s defense against hackers. These updates happen frequently so your staff should set reminders for updates.
Source: Small business.co.uk