How Safe is Your Data When Your Staff Works from Home?

Laptop Computer at home with cybersecurity protection shield.

The Coronavirus crisis has changed the world as we know it. With social distancing, lockdowns, and work from home becoming the new normal, cybercriminals are exploiting the situation to their gains. This blog discusses how the cybercrime landscape is likely to shape up in the current and post-pandemic world, and how businesses can safeguard themselves against it with better cybersecurity when staff works from home.

Know Your Remote Cybersecurity Weakness

One of the reasons for a sudden spike in cybercrimes is the Work-From-Home model (WFH) that is increasingly becoming the norm. When you allow remote access to your data, you are virtually opening your IT infrastructure to criminals – unless you have the right security measures. It is easy for malware and hackers to get into your system and corrupt it unless you have the right measures in place.

With employees operating from home, there are a lot of loopholes that cybercriminals target. Some of them include:

Lack of Knowledge

Most employees don’t realize how their simple actions or non-actions can contribute to a cyberattack that can bring your whole business down. For example, they may unwittingly end up compromising on your business’s data security by sharing passwords, not using a good antivirus software (or using too many), or using open and public Wi-Fi to access their emails, remote desktops, etc.

More Difficult to Oversee IT Operations

With teams working remotely, it is difficult for businesses to manage their IT efficiently. Installation of updates, security patches, anti-malware tools, data backups, etc., are all more difficult now. As your workforce goes remote and virtual, you’ll need more of your IT infrastructure on the cloud: is your current IT up to the task?

Working from home offers businesses a lot of benefits in terms of cost savings, employee satisfaction, and flexibility. But, it also raises a lot of questions from the IT security perspective. When opting for the work-from-home model, it is important to clearly define the WFH IT policies and put them into practice. You could partner with an MSP who specializes in cybersecurity and remote workspace management to help you formulate a safe, remote working environment. Sound good? Contact Triton Technologies today.