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Working from home and the freedom to work from anywhere is continuing to become common practice for workplaces all over the UK. This year (2022), it was found that 26% of the UK workforce is planning to continue working from home permanently or often. Furthermore, it was found that 42% of employees would want to use their company’s remote working policy to be working whilst they are abroad.

It is now more important than ever to ensure all of your employees are able to and know how to work from home safely.  Since the pandemic, cybercrime has also been on the rise with no indications this is going to slow down. Therefore, this blog will explain 5 protocols you can implement to protect your business, data, and customers.

 

1.Encrypt All Work Devices

Encrypting every work device means that the information stored on these devices will only be accessible by authorised parties. This means that hackers will not be able to see the data or obtain it for their own personal advantage. Because whoever finds or steals the device will not be able to see what is stored on it. Meaning encryption can help greatly reduce the risk of a bad outcome occurring if anything was to get lost or stolen.

You are able to encrypt devices by purchasing software or using a managed service provider to set this up for you.  We would always recommend using a paid software or provider for this because these tend to be more trustworthy compared to using a free version. Speaking to a managed service provider means they are able to set this up and manage it for you, helping take some of the pressure off yourself.

 

2.Invest in Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Cybersecurity training should be done regularly with staff so they can understand how to protect themselves against a cyber-attack and the warning signs to look out for. It is important to do this often, so you don’t overwhelm people with too much information at once and because new threats are created every day.

Types of training you should conduct with your staff include:

  • Phishing and all variants such as Smishing, Spear phishing, Whaling and Vishing
  • Password Policy and best practices
  • Social Engineering
  • Limiting software installations to only what they need for their job. 

 

3.Install VPN on All Work Devices

VPN is a great tool to ensure everything your employees do stays private; this is especially useful if your employees like to work in public places or want to work abroad. We recommend installing it on all work devices for maximum protection and security. It has capabilities such as:

  • Securing your network
  • Hiding a user’s private information including IP address and location
  • Encrypts data in transit

Generally speaking, any free VPN services are untrustworthy, and you should ensure you invest in a reputable provider. VPN services such as ExpressVPN and NordVPN have a trusted reputation and would be a good choice for this; however, we would always suggest you do your own research regarding which one would be the best fit for your business.

 

4.Integrate Email Security Practices

Emails are one of the most vulnerable tools businesses use however they are also the preferred method for communication between employees, third parties, and customers. Investing and teaching email security practices will help protect any sensitive information which is sent and delivered to your staff emails. This can help prevent attacks such as:

  • Phishing
  • Spam phishing
  • Email spoofing

In addition to this, it can also help protect your business against the loss of email accounts or unauthorised access to email addresses. Therefore, you should set up automatic updates because this will help protect your business without the hassle of reminding your staff to check for and download the updates themselves. 

 

5.Scheduling Updates on Work Devices

Our final tip for improving your business IT security whilst having remote workers is to use software which schedules updates on work devices. It is vital that updates are installed on work devices as soon as they are available.

Most updates will come with patches that help protect newly identified vulnerabilities found on the device, software, or application. Many providers will release patch notes that state the vulnerabilities found, hackers can obtain these and use them to their advantage. Meaning cybercriminals will use the vulnerabilities identified to target businesses for their own personal gain.

Therefore, you should set up automatic updates because this will help protect your business without the hassle of reminding staff to check for updates and complete them themselves.

 

If you want help setting this up for your business, contact us today:

Workplace Connect | Specialist Business IT Support

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