With many businesses opting for a flexible approach to working environments, updated security procedures need to be put in place to ensure maximum protection for employees working away from the office.
5 Key Practices for Protecting Remote Workers
There are a number of ways in which you can reduce the risk of cyber security threats on your remote workforce, several of which are mentioned below:
1. Update your Anti-Virus and Windows Software
It’s important your anti-virus and Windows software is up-to-date on all machines. Outdated versions of Windows could potentially have security loop holes that can be used by attackers to access your files and data. In terms of the importance of keeping anti-virus protection updated, machines are constantly being threatened by new viruses, and anti-virus updates include the files needed to prevent these new viruses from attacking machines.
2. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Implementing multi-factor authentication across all necessary systems will provide an extra layer of security, not only in terms of cyber-threats, but also if a laptop is stolen. MFA involves having two methods of logging into a laptop/computer or system. After a user enters their initial login credentials, another one is then asked for in the form of a PIN, app code, fingerprint scan or other method. While it may take a fraction longer for employees to log in, it will greatly increase the safety of remote machines.
3. Use a Secure Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Using a secure VPN will allow remote workers to connect to office services and systems securely, particularly if they’re connected to a public wi-fi network. This is because it keeps IP addresses safe and masks locations, and encrypts data against potential threats. Keep in mind that the free version of VPN found online has serious limitations, and it’s best to pay for a legitimate Virtual Private Network to get maximum security, connectivity and speed.
4. Educate Employees on Cyber Security
One of the best ways to make sure company data isn’t compromised is to inform employees on how to identify potential security threats, such as unsolicited emails, and the protocols to follow if they think there might be a security breach. This will help to somewhat limit the threat if a breach is detected, as action can be taken more quickly if employees know how to report it effectively.
5. Use a Trusted IT Support Partner
Time is precious, particularly if you’re running a business. Employing a trusted IT support partner (such as Amitech IT), can greatly minimise downtime while ensuring the company is fully secured and supported in terms of IT. This not only helps focus operations on the everyday running of the business, but also offers peace of mind.
For more information about how Amitech IT can help your business work flexibly and securely, speak to us today.