What You Can Do to Lessen Cybersecurity Risks During an Era of Remote Work

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Technology has made it possible for remote work to flourish, especially now during the pandemic, where it has become more useful in lessening COVID-19 infection in the workplace. 

However, when companies allow their employees to work remotely, there’s also a chance of security breaches to company data. 

In fact, according to an OpenVPN study, a lot of companies agree that remote work poses major security risks. 

Also, among top executives polled, 73% believe remote workers pose greater risks compared to onsite employees. 

Those breaches can happen due to the following reasons:

  1. Use of personal devices instead of company-owned equipment
  2. Unsecured connections and technologies
  3. Unsecured cloud collaboration tools
  4. Untrained employees when it comes to basic physical security practices
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What Can You Do? 

There are a lot of things you can do to increase your defense against those cybersecurity risks.

Here are some tips to up your cybersecurity defenses in your employees’ remote working places. 

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Create a Cybersecurity Policy

Number one is to create a cybersecurity policy and involve your employees in it by training them. 

The policy ensures employees know and understand their role in protecting your company’s data, information, and technology assets. 

Also, this is where they learn how to protect themselves from cyberattacks like phishing, password attacks, and malware attacks. 

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List Down the Apps and Programs They Should Use

List down the apps and programs your employees should use. This practice can also be part of the policy for your company. In this way, there’s a sense of control over how they manage or access the company’s data. 

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Create Multi-Factor Authentication 

Creating just one password is not enough, and as soon as someone takes hold of it, it’ll be easier to access all the accounts connected to the person. 

That’s why companies should create a Multi-Factor Authentication when employees access company data or are working. 

It adds a layer of security, making it more difficult for outside entities o access your company’s precious assets. 

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Update to the Latest Malware Software Updates

Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of malware created daily? That is why always updating your malware software when it prompts for an update is crucial. The updates usually contain the latest files needed to fight the latest viruses.