Keep Your Business Secure During Coronavirus Crisis with Remote Work Tips
Are your staff members feeling the pressure associated with working from home over an extended period of time? Here’s how to reduce the risks of remote work while helping employees keep their cool.
Protecting your organization against cyberattacks isn’t easy under normal circumstances, but it can be nearly impossible when you add in the mass confusion, stress and strained policies caused by a massive work-from-home order across the nation. Companies are scrambling to identify which workers can safely and securely do their work remotely, and then equip these staff members with the tools and information needed to be successful. IT teams are also scrambling to restore critical telecommunications operations to ensure customers and vendors are able to reach the correct individuals with questions and concerns. Working through the below steps will help your teams feel in greater control of remote workers, providing a more secure and reliable structure for your company’s work.
Updating Employee Internet Policies
In a time when employees are likely to be using their personal machines to remotely connect to business computers, servers and databases it may be a good idea to update your current internet security and privacy policies as they pertain to staff. These employment information security policies can contain a range of standards that can help employers guard against employee actions. These policies generally require a signature from staff members indicating their understanding, and could include structure around:
- How and if business devices such as laptops and cell phones are approved for personal use
- Rules around the storing and syncing of personal data on business-owned cloud servers
- The misuse of social media to address company policies or other confidential information
- Carelessness in the use of passwords for company databases and applications
- Misuse of public or private wireless or wired connections that do not meet standards for security
- Misuse of video conferencing or audio connections that are funded by the company
While the majority of staff members will take most of these precautions as a natural duty to their organization, having them spelled out directly and then asking staff members to acknowledge the standards and any consequences for not following them can help protect the organization in the event of a cyberattack or other breach situation.
Reviewing Data Breach or Cyberattack Response Plans
There is a greatly enhanced chance that hackers will take advantage of weak or limited security levels at the home-based worker’s access points to initiate a devastating attack on your organization. What’s worse, IT professionals may be so overworked during this time of great confusion that the breach activity may occur for quite some time before it is noticed. This is one of the reasons that companies should always invest in a proactive network monitoring and notification solution to reduce the time between breach a notification. This is the ideal time to review your cybersecurity breach standards and ensure that they are fully up-to-date and can be triggered quickly in the event of an attack.
During this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, business and technology leaders are quickly learning whether their organization was truly ready for a widescale remote work initiative. If your company is facing the daunting task of keeping employees working outside the office for an extended period of time, contact the professionals at Kyocera Intelligence Mid-Atlantic at 800-875-8843 or fill out our quick online form to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. We are also offering a range of free resources online to help restore your business operations quickly while helping IT teams adjust to the changes that are happening at a rapid pace.