Protecting Your Business From The Downsides Of Mobile Working
In this day and age, it is unlikely that there are many businesses which don’t offer or use remote working to some extent. Even those who have no real need to offer remote working will likely have employees or directors who take work home or work from other locations sometimes.
This casual form of working is often not accounted for when it comes to analyzing a business’ IT networks and mobile working is often missed when it comes to setting up cyber security procedures and policies. However, protecting your business from data breaches and cyber-attacks is an important factor and no steps should be missed. Remote working, whether done on an ad hoc basis or is a formal agreement between a business and employee, can leave your IT systems, network and devices particularly vulnerable to attacks.
Putting some steps in place for managing your IT security for remote workers is best practice to understand any potential places where your business may be at risk. Here are some tips for where to start and what actions will need to be taken to protect your business.
Keep Devices Safe
Stolen or lost devices are easy pickings for cyber criminals if there are insufficient security measures in place. The first line of protection which you should take is to look after these business assets – be sure to keep them with you and don’t leave them unattended in places which are vulnerable to theft, such as cars and hotel rooms. You should also secure the devices with good, strong password encryption and device management apps which give you a good chance of recovering any devices which are lost.
Restrict Use Of Public Wifi
Public wifi is extremely vulnerable to malicious cyber-attacks, which presents an issue for employees who may need to do work at a hotel or from a conference. Whilst it is advised to only connect to trusted networks, this is not always a feasible option. As a business, your remote working and cyber security policy should explain that your employees should not be using public Wi-Fi for business-related matters. It is advisable that you also explain which activities and systems your staff can and cannot access when they are using public Wi-Fi.
Encrypt Business Emails
Email is one of the most used digital technologies in the world and when it comes to your business, it is likely that every person in your office uses them. This makes it a practically open backdoor for criminals, so robust management and email encryption is a must when it comes to corporate emails.
Installing protection applications is a no brainer, but you must also raise the awareness of how seriously vulnerable emails can be to your employees. By embedding a best practice for emails within your organization, you can set up training sessions for spotting cyber threats, such as scam and phishing emails, and establish policies for what information should and should not be communicated over emails, for example, password and login information.
Policy and Monitoring Enforcement
Having 24/7 network security and monitoring will not only help to identify threats within your organization, but you can also monitor users on your networks. Mobile workers and their devices should be monitored as well by using this solution in order to protect your business’ network. You should also have a policy in place for if the worst should ever happen. If your business was ever to be attacked, or if devices were stolen, then having appropriate measures in place will make the solution much smoother-running. If a client’s information was stolen, it may result in a court case or legal action on their part as a breach of confidentiality. Ensure that you have a trusted commercial litigation solicitor who you can call should anything ever happen.