The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led many companies to let employees work remotely. Although some business tasks can be completed virtually anywhere an internet connection is available, security may suffer if remote workers fail to properly safeguard their business devices.
Remote employees are responsible for securing business devices, regardless of where they work. Without effective safeguards in place, business devices are susceptible to malware, ransomware, and other types of cyberattacks. If a cyberattack leads to a data breach, it could compromise a business, its employees, and its customers.
When it comes to cybersecurity for remote workers, there are many things that can be done to minimize the risk of cyberattacks and data breaches. These include:
1. Keep Software Up to Date
Install software updates regularly on all business devices. A typical software update downloads quickly, and it can ensure that a device is protected against the latest security vulnerabilities.
Oftentimes, it helps to set up automatic updates on business devices, too. With automatic updates in place, remote workers can instantly receive software updates as soon as they are available.
2. Avoid Unsecure Wi-Fi Networks
Leverage only secure Wi-Fi networks, i.e. networks that require a user to enter their password. Public Wi-Fi networks may be easily accessible, but cybercriminals can sometimes use them to breach business devices.
Whenever possible, it helps to utilize a virtual private network (VPN). This type of network encrypts all network traffic, so remote workers can complete everyday tasks without the risk of exposing sensitive information to cybercriminals.
3. Watch for Phishing Emails
Keep an eye out for phishing emails that cybercriminals frequently use to attack remote workers. These emails often have misspellings and come from unknown senders. They may also contain suspicious attachments.
If a remote worker receives a phishing email, he or she should avoid clicking on any links within the email or opening any attachments. Instead, the worker should report the email to their manager and block the sender. The worker should continue to watch for phishing emails going forward as well.
4. Encrypt Data
Encrypt data at rest. Most business devices come equipped with data encryption tools, but these tools may need to be activated and configured.
Remote workers must encrypt all data stored on their business devices. That way, if a business device is lost or stolen, it will be exceedingly difficult for others to access it.
5. Report Lost or Stolen Devices
Notify a manager if a business device is lost or stolen. It can be embarrassing to report a lost or stolen device, but doing so can minimize the risk of a costly, time-intensive data breach for a business.
If a business device is lost or stolen, a company may be able to remotely wipe the data from it. Plus, if the data stored on the device was backed up offsite, it can easily be recovered.
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