Help your team mitigate WFH risk

Help your team mitigate WFH risk

Working remotely provides flexibility and convenience for employees and reduced costs for employers.
Research shows a 56% reduction in unproductive time when working at home vs. the office.

So it’s a win-win right? Not quite. Unfortunately, it’s imperative to be aware of the cybersecurity risks that come with remote and hybrid work.

About 63% of businesses have experienced a data breach due to employees working remotely.

So do you just stop all employees from working remotely or is there a way to strike a balance?

Here are 7 quick tips that will help:

Remote Work Risks & Mitigation

1. Weak Passwords and Lack of Multi-Factor Authentication

Reusing passwords across several accounts is a big cybersecurity risk as remote workers often access sensitive company information.
Rather create strong and unique passwords for each account. Additionally, enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible.
Employers can set up access management systems which help automate the authentication process. They can also deploy safeguards like contextual MFA.

2. Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks

Public hotspots or home networks that may not be adequately secured can expose your sensitive data to hackers.
To protect company data, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Turn on the VPN when connecting to public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks. This ensures that data remains secure even on untrusted networks.

3. Phishing Attacks

Attackers may send deceptive emails or messages that can trick users into revealing their login credentials or downloading malicious attachments.

Don’t get caught! Verify the sender's email address and avoid clicking on suspicious links.

4. Insecure Home Network Devices

Many people use IoT (Internet of Things) devices in their home environment. These smart devices can introduce vulnerabilities if not properly secured.

Change the default passwords and keep them updated with the latest firmware. Additionally consider creating a separate network for your IoT devices. A "guest" network can isolate them from your work devices and data.

Employers can improve security for remote teams using an endpoint device manager such as Microsoft Intune, or similar. These devices make it easier to manage security across many employee devices.

5. Lack of Security Updates

Cybercriminals will exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software. Regularly updating your devices and software is crucial for maintaining cybersecurity.

To make it easier to remember, enable automatic updates on devices and software whenever possible. Regularly check for updates and install them promptly.

6. Data Backup and Recovery

Back up your important files to a secure cloud storage service or an external hard drive. This ensures that if a hacker compromises a device, your data remains safe and can be easily restored.

7. Insufficient Employee Training

One of the best defences against cyber criminals is each individual employee being cyber aware.
Organisations should provide comprehensive cybersecurity training to remote workers. This training should cover topics such as:

  • Identifying phishing emails
  • Creating strong passwords
  • Recognising suspicious online behaviour
  • New forms of phishing (such as SMS-based “smishing”)

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Remote work offers many benefits. The fridge is at arm’s reach and your trackies are sooo comfortable; it also saves heaps of time! However it is important to remain vigilant about the associated cybersecurity risks. Action the above 7 suggestions to mitigate these risks.

To assist with employee training, we have an excellent cybersecurity awareness training program that is constantly updated and educates employers and employees about mitigating cyber risks using fun interactive videos and quizzes.
There is even a leader board to stir up some healthy competition!

For information on this program or how to implement any of these suggestions in your SMB, contact us!
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