According to a survey by Gartner, 82% of employers have offered the option of working from home for one or more days per week, while 47% have agreed to full-time home working post lockdown.
With this new approach likely to continue for the long-term, it is crucial that employers prioritise cyber security and instil a proactive approach. As we have seen time and again, protecting digital data is vital for the productivity, efficiency and integrity of every organisation.
Setting Up Home Workers
For many businesses, working from home was the only option during difficult circumstances. Considerations about hardware and software were often practical and temporary, resulting in inadequate systems, reduced employee confidence, and a rise in cyber threats.
If your business intends to continue home or remote working, then ensuring the appropriate technology and protection is in place for every employee is vital. Work closely with your IT team or a cybersecurity expert to invest in the most secure options and train your staff in how to use them.
Employees will need to be extra vigilant when it comes to account and data security while working from home. Strong passwords, two-factor authentication (2FA), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and encrypted data are just a few recommendations, along with a Remote Working policy.
Maintaining Best Practices
Once you have established home working, creating and upholding best practices should be an important consideration. Security and privacy are the priority, and employees should have regular training updates, access to support, and a clear reporting procedure for cyberattacks.
With restrictions easing, staff may begin to work away from home, perhaps in a café or while on the move. While convenient, this can also bring up security issues such as insecure Wi-Fi networks or physical theft. Most devices now have built-in encryption and options for safe data storage, but employees may need to be shown how to switch on and configure these functions.
Protection Against Cyberattacks
One of the overriding concerns for employers when it comes to home working is how to prevent cyberattacks. During the pandemic, digital security threats became more common and effective as scammers took advantage of growing fears and increased unsecure internet use to target people.
Companies of all sectors and sizes have fallen victim to online scams, particularly phishing, which have become more prevalent with home working. Created to trick recipients into clicking a link or submitting information, these attacks can expose passwords and data, or spread damaging malware.
Of course, this is just one of many examples of cyberthreats out there, and their sophistication will only increase as companies continue to introduce more digital processes and technologies, including the continuation of home working. Thankfully, there are ways to protect against such attacks.
Netpoint Solutions have over 25 years of experience in the sector and have helped industries across the region with home working cyber security. Find out more by booking your free 30-minute discovery meeting: https://calendly.com/ben-cooper-netpoint/30-minute-business-meeting