If you’re like many businesses around the world, you may have had to let some or most of your employees work from home due to COVID-19-related concerns. That practice will likely go on for a long time, with data from Enterprise Technology Research (ETR) predicting that the fraction of permanent remote workers’ globally may reach 34% by 2021.
Remote working has plenty of benefits, including boosting workforce productivity. However, it also introduces multiple cybersecurity challenges and threats. Try these cybersecurity tips for employees working remotely to protect your enterprise network and data:
1. Optimize Wi-Fi Security
Hackers can breach insecure wireless routers and use them to launch a cyber attack on your company’s network. Implement these measures to optimize your home Wi-Fi security:
- Use WPA3 or at least its predecessor, WPA2, to encrypt Wi-Fi traffic.
- Apply inbound/outbound traffic restrictions.
- Turn off Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).
- Use a strong password, such as 20 characters long and comprising numbers, small and uppercase letters, and symbols.
2. Implement Strong System Login Security
A strong password is an easy way to protect your system from malicious attacks and software. Implement these cybersecurity tips to protect your software against intrusion:
- Enforce a strong password policy to make it difficult for hackers to guess security credentials.
- Implement multi-factor authentication, for example, sending a secret code to the user’s personal device on every login attempt. Even if a bad actor steals and supplies the correct password and username, they won’t be able to log in without access to the victim’s phone.
- Limit failed login attempts to a specific server or IP range. You may set it such that, if a user enters invalid credentials three times consecutively, they can no longer access the system without involving the admin. This technique can minimize the risk of brute-force attacks.
3. Implement VPN Security and Privacy
Using a VPN to access your cloud-based resources is one of the most practical and easy-to-implement online security tips for a remote workforce. You can require all employees to install a VPN on any personal devices they’re using to connect to company servers and systems.
4. Update Your OS and Collaborative Software
Offer your employees up-to-date systems and require them to install any available security fixes. Remember to patch your operating system and the software you’re using to remotely collaborate by video conferencing, chatting, or sharing files.
5. Deploy Up-to-Date Antivirus and System Security Tools
Install and keep updating your antivirus software. It can help sniff out a broad range of threats, including spyware and ransomware. Don’t forget to set up firewalls on all devices to make it much more difficult for network intrusion to occur unnoticed.
6. Implement Anti-Phishing
Hackers may try to steal your employees’ personal data by sending them spoofed emails. They can use stolen security credentials to access your network and cause more harm, including launching a ransomware attack that cripples your business operations. Implement these security measures to avert phishing attacks.
- Train employees to recognize spoofed emails, such as by checking the message for spelling mistakes. Also, hovering over the sender’s address can reveal whether the mail originates from a genuine source. Equally important, users should be confirming the validity of the domain that hosts any web form requiring them to enter personal information.
- Install anti-phishing software for email.
7. Setup Your Data Backup
Another important security measure is backing up all critical data. You can store your data both onsite and in the cloud. Or if your platform is 100% cloud-based, you may be able to leverage multiple data backup options.
Implementing these security measures can help protect your remote employees from cyber attacks. If you want to learn more about protecting your business against cyber liability, contact the experts at Pittman Insurance Group, LLC right away. Our agents are looking forward to helping you address your insurance coverage needs.