Many businesses today operate with a dispersed workforce and little or no office space. And with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing even more businesses, if only temporarily, to operate largely online, it’s more important than ever to implement cyber security measures for employees working remotely from home offices.
Cloud computing, broadband connectivity, and increasingly powerful collaboration tools can enable dispersed businesses to succeed. But this model can also create special cyber risks. Employees may be working in new ways, using unfamiliar software, and accessing services with less secure hardware. Cyber criminals know that, with more people online, there are more ways to take advantage of vulnerabilities and mistakes to gain access to protected and personal information.
Business leaders and risk managers can help limit cyber risks when operating with a remote workforce by implementing strong cyber security practices and clear work-from-home policies. Follow these tips for operating your business securely online.
You can lay the groundwork for strong cyber security through the following practices:
Unfortunately, employees can be the weakest link when it comes to cyber security. A single weak password or click on a malicious link can undermine your cyber protections and lead to a costly hacking incident.
With a dispersed workforce, you’ll need your employees to step up their vigilance and be fully engaged team players in preventing cyber attacks. Underline the need to:
In addition, consider establishing an IT security training program that educates your employees about cyber risk and security practices during onboarding, with refreshers on an annual basis. You may even want to include cyber security compliance in employee reviews and evaluations
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