When COVID-19 prompted an abrupt transition to remote work last year, it left many companies scrambling to regroup, retrain, and quickly grant employees remote access to important resources — often, at the cost of network security.
In 2020, there was one successful cyberattack every 1.12 seconds. Instances of the leading source of security attacks, malware, increased by 358%. And today, 82% of businesses remain concerned about the security risks of employees working from home.
Wondering how to protect your remote workplace in these unusual times? We’ve got some tips.
Increase Security for Remote Workers
Think about it: Human error is far easier for hackers to exploit than complex cybersecurity solutions. That’s why security should start with your employees.
Insist on strong passwords
Require that your employees enable Multi-Factor Authentication and use password management tools that generate tough-to-crack passwords including a mix of symbols, numbers, and lowercase and uppercase letters.
Provide company-issued devices
If it’s within your budget, provide your employees with computers, tablets and/or cell phones to use for work purposes (and ask that they don’t share these devices with others).
Keep software up to date
With software updates and patches comes increased security — and updates don’t just apply to laptops. Home routers should also be updated frequently and secured with lengthy, complex passwords.
Require mandatory security training
One in four remote employees have not yet received any specific cybersecurity awareness guidance or training, which puts them (and your company) at risk. Security training will teach your employees to recognize phishing attempts and take the steps necessary to protect your company from cyberattacks.
Enlist an IT Management Team
One of The CORE Group’s clients experienced a data disaster when they opened ports in their firewall to allow for remote access during the pandemic. Prior to this disaster, this company had handled IT internally, without the help of a professional team. This worked well enough…until their business grew to a level that required more than one person to manage all their endpoints. By the time the breach occurred, some patches hadn’t been done in more than two years so they reached out to CORE Group to assist.
Upon reviewing the emergency situation, we discovered numerous vulnerabilities and ultimately had to lock down operations while we rebuilt their virtual environment and transitioned their network to a centralized system. We helped the company through this difficult period of time and they became an ongoing client.
Avoid Catastrophe With Managed IT
This particular company realized its need for managed IT support after dealing with a stressful, expensive cyber breach. Let’s save you that headache and skip to the good part: reliable managed IT services that will protect your data, employees, and remote workplace from a cyberattack before it has a chance to hurt your business.
Let us complete a one-hour review of your company to determine the status of your infrastructure and provide insight into vulnerabilities or inefficiencies. Within a few days, we’ll send you a comprehensive report — and start ensuring your company is productive and protected for years to come.