Do you have staff working from home? Of late, due to the Coronavirus crisis, a lot of businesses shifted to the remote working environment. While it raises some data security concerns, they can be overcome by following a few best practices.
You can start by formulating rules that define the extent and manner in which personal devices may be used for work purposes.
- Who is allowed to use personal devices for work?
- Spell out the regulations that they must follow. For example, regular checks for malware and updates to anti-malware software, etc.,
- If there are restrictions to the device type, software, or operating systems that may be used, out of security concerns, then that should be addressed.
Focus on the 2 Ts of cybersecurity
- Train your staff: The first T is training your staff on how to identify IT threats and cybercrime activities that they can be a victim of. Examples include phishing emails, dubious attachments, clone sites, etc., Another area to train your staff is free/public wifi. They need to know that public wifi can be a gateway for hackers and cybercriminals into your system. Accessing emails from the airport waiting in the lounge or the mall’s food court, can expose your business to IT threats.
- Teach good password hygiene: This is the second T. Help your employees understand how important password strength is. They should be able to identify weak passwords and steer clear of them. Also, they need to know that no matter how urgent the situation seems, password sharing is not acceptable. Similarly, mistakes such as repeating the password for multiple accounts, not changing the passwords frequently, etc., can make a cyber criminal’s job easier.