Keeping remote workers working safely

A montage of people working remotely from home in a relaxed atmosphere

With the recent Government announcement of the phasing back of businesses reopening following the latest lockdown, many will continue with remote working into the future.  Life has changed as we know it, and the way business is conducted has also changed.  It also means that extended remote working provides a wealth of opportunities for cyber criminals.

We can’t reiterate the importance of data security enough.  It’s easy to become complacent when everything is ticking along nicely but it’s generally at these times when we can become most vulnerable to attacks.

So, what steps can you take to ensure your remote workers are safe online and your business integrity is maintained?

  • Ensure all software updates and security patches are deployed to all systems
  • Dispose of confidential waste safely and securely and keep online data secure – make sure your employees are aware of their obligations under the GDPR rules
  • Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to create a secure, encrypted connection to your server.  This will help to maintain data privacy for all your remote workers
  • Adding additional authentication methods can provide another level of security for employees accessing files and records
  • Rather than giving all employees blanket access to all files, limit the access to only what’s required by certain groups of employees
  • Maintain security awareness by regularly reminding employees of their obligations and how they can keep themselves safe and ultimately the business.  Having it at the forefront of people’s minds is more likely to create that habit of identifying when things might not seem right.

If you are concerned by any data breaches or security red flags within your business, please get in touch!  We’re here to help.