Whether you are in the office, on the go, or at home, security is a top priority for all organisations. We recognise the increased demand for businesses to able to work securely. So, we’ve created a list of workplace fundamentals to help provide secure remote working processes.
1. Get the right equipment
Ensuring your workforce has the right equipment to work securely from any location is essential. The transition from office to remote working has meant that for many, desktops have been left behind and laptops were the way forward. However, not every business has this luxury. Studies found that 17% of legal sector employees are still using personal devices to work from home. Personal devices and networks lack the level of security offices have, making them an easier target for cybercriminals to hack. Therefore, you must set up your workforce with the right equipment to work securely.
One option is a VPN. Your workforce should all have a VPN set up to enable them to work securely. This will provide an extra layer of security for your users. Not only will it hide your employees’ IP address and encrypt data transfers in transit, but it will also conceal users’ locations. If you don’t have a VPN network, get one today.
2. Cloud services
Cloud services are a much more flexible environment for your team to work from and access data remotely. The private cloud will be used by businesses with more confidential data, such as organisations in the legal sector. This is because the private cloud stores data in local servers and is not operated by third-party vendors. However, public cloud services like Microsoft Azure and AWS still offer great security benefits as your cloud provider is responsible for updates and maintenance.
Therefore, your cloud services will be chosen depending on your individual business needs. Whatever cloud environment you decide on, it will enable your team to securely access the information they need to carry out their job efficiently and productively.
3. Backup solution
Backup is non-negotiable if you want to protect the security of your business and its private data. A cyber-attack, natural disaster or a simple mistake can occur at any given moment, and without backing up your documents, files, and more can be lost instantly. This data loss can be crippling to a business. To ensure the security of your documents, implement a comprehensive backup solution that can guarantee you have a safety net to recover from, no matter what the future holds.
4. Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
A mandatory element to keep your workforce secure is multi-factor authentication. MFA requires a user to provide either two or more pieces of information to verify themselves to gain access to your systems and accounts. This will add an extra layer of protection when your team log in and will help to keep hackers out. We recommend this as best practise to enhance your organisations’ security and ensure data stays safe.
5. Basic security knowledge and training
Keeping your employees in the dark when it comes to cybersecurity is a mistake. Having your workforce updated with your security policies ensures that they will uphold your business’s security standards. Whether you are remote working or not, it is crucial to be aware of the cyber-threats and security risks that could harm your employees or business. The likelihood of your entire workforce being cybersecurity-savvy is probably unrealistic. Therefore, ensure they are aware of the threats and enable them to become a line of defence in your security strategy. Remember, you are only as strong as your weakest link.
Tiedata can help set up your business for secure remote working
If you are unsure where to start on your journey to secure remote working, we can provide the right advice and solutions to meet your business security needs. Whether you work in accountancy, retail or the legal sector, we have a solution for you.
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