At this point, we’ve all grown accustomed to working remotely. But oftentimes, comfort becomes complacency, so we created a quick remote workforce security checklist to realign your teams.
Read on for ways to fortify your remote workforce cybersecurity practices.
Restate Your Standard Operating Practices
Your company most likely has a remote workforce security policy, so it’s important to refresh your team’s memory on what that is. Take some time to implement regular cybersecurity training that restates your security policies. This way, it’s top of mind for employees who might have gotten lax with their security practices.
However, if your company had to build a remote workforce security policy quickly, it’s possible that policy has not been revisited since its inception. If that’s the case, NIST provides wonderful resources for building comprehensive policies that help your organization mitigate the risk associated with a remote workforce. Cybersecurity, as a whole, has changed drastically from just a couple years ago. Familiarize yourself with the changing landscape and update your security plan as necessary.
Secure your VPN and Home Networks
Most companies utilize some type of VPN, but it’s a good idea to remind employees that they should be connected to the company VPN at all times when working.
It’s advised to upgrade to layer two tunneling protocol (L2TP) if your company has been using point-to-point tunneling protocol to further protect against security breaches.
Educate Employees on Phishing
Phishing is a widely popular tactic for gaining access to sensitive business data, but the nationwide adoption of remote work has increased the number and severity of phishing attempts.
Most employees are foundationally aware of what to look for when it comes to phishing attempts, but it’s crucial to maintain consistent communication of the risks associated with careless email practices. Check out our blog posts on “Email Security Best Practices For Employees” and “Don’t Fall For These Classic Email Phishing Tactics” and feel free to share them with your team.
Stay On Top of Security Updates
One of the best ways to fortify security is to update devices regularly with the latest security updates. It can be difficult to coordinate mass updates cross-company, but it’s important to maintain an efficient patch management program.
Upgrades are optional. Updates are not, or at least they shouldn’t be. An update that is not applied places your computer, network and critical data at risk.
Don’t Opt for the Hands-Off Approach to Patch Management. SSE’s Network and Security Services can help you manage the process and handle the software updates for you.
That’s one less thing for you to worry about.
Work With SSE
We realize that staying on top of all of these best practices presents quite a challenge for most internal IT teams. SSE provides best-in-class cybersecurity services so your data stays protected and your employees stay safe with our all-in-one managed IT service offering – a complete technology solution for any small to mid-sized business.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how our cybersecurity services could help protect your business!
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