In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses across the world have shifted to a remote working model. While some states have started to re-open, allowing some companies to bring their employees back, many are still allowing their employees to work remotely for the foreseeable future.
While working from the couch in your PJ’s is a welcome change from our usual commutes up and down the DC beltway, remote work presents its own set of security challenges that are often mitigated in an office environment.
If you find that your company will be working remotely for a while – or even completely transitioning- here are 5 helpful tips for protecting your business and employees from the dark web.
- Invest in a reliable antivirus software to protect all company-issued devicesMany offices have powerful IT security measures that protect in-house systems, hardware, and software. That can be challenging to implement when working from home, so install an antivirus security solution to all devices that possess company data. Antivirus software – even free solutions- increasingly reduce the risk of breach.
- Enforce Wi-Fi encryption policies for all employeesHackers have the ability to access your information through your router. Making everything you send, share and login to on your network, susceptible to infection. The best and most updated encryption policy is WPA2, which can easily be updated in your router settings and paired with a strong and secure password.
- Keep all programs and operating systems updatedIt is often second nature for us to ignore notifications to update applications and operating systems. By pushing off these updates, you are leaving your data vulnerable to attackers. Keep all programs and operating systems up to date with the latest version helps to rectify past vulnerabilities and strengthen your data security.
- Update your router passwordCyber attackers have continued to sophisticated their schemes, by now tapping into the routers using many types of malicious programs. Much like the previously mentioned Wi-Fi encryption advice, it is recommended that you update that login and password for your router to a strong password, every 90 days. Frequent password updates can help to mitigate cyber-attacks and stop intruders.
- Establish a VPN for public networksSometimes working from home can get monotonous. Seeing the same walls everyday forces people to seek a change of scenery, often retreating to local cafes with public Wi-Fi networks. The issue with public Wi-Fi networks is that they lack most basic levels of security, including passwords. Since this remote working is part of the new normal, establishing a VPN for employees who use public networks will help to prevent others using those networks from accessing sensitive data, no matter how unsecure the network is.
These are just five simple security steps you can implement now to keep your business, employees and data secure. If you need help managing your remote or office IT services, contact 1R Technologies to consult about our service offerings as a premier Managed Service Provider.