The coronavirus has made the work from home model even more popular. However, allowing your employees to conduct business on their personal computers can get complicated. And even if employees are using company software at home, it still puts essential information at risk because the WiFi might not be as secure as it is in the office.
However, there are ways to get around this while also keeping your business information and employees safe. Here are three ways to keep your business data secure during the pandemic.
1. Train Your Employees
The more educated your employees are about both online and offline security threats, the better. Human error is normal, and hackers are getting more and more sneaky by the day.
Take this scenario, for instance; An email gets sent to an employee at your company, and it appears that a coworker sent it. Naturally, they click on it, and they click a link in the body of the message. However, this wasn’t from their coworker at all – it was actually a hacker disguising themselves.
If the employee who received the email had taken an extra second to look at the sender’s email address, they could’ve avoided this altogether. With this said, consider training your employees on the ways hackers might try to enter your system. It may seem redundant, but it could end up saving lots of time and money in the long run.
2. Promote a Zero-Trust Mindset
Similar to that of training your employees on the dangers of hacking and the tools hackers may use to enter your system, consider training your employees to adopt a “zero-trust mindset.”
Having this mindset means that a person will immediately red flag any information (via phone, email, etc.) from a person outside of the organization. An employee should not open a link, download a file, or interact with any messages outside of the organization until it is checked by upper management.
Another way to keep your information extra safe is by enabling two-factor authentication on all devices. If a mistake does happen and a hacker tries to log in to your company software, then another person will be notified and can prevent this access before it happens.
3. Keep Systems Updated
Even if your employees are working from home, be sure to keep their software updated at all times. Anti-virus software and malware protection programs are updated continuously to keep customers safe, but they won’t work unless the newest software is downloaded on the device.
Consider sending a company-wide email notifying employees when it’s time to update or install automatic updates on all company computers.
At RedBird technology, we are always adopting new ways to keep your business data secure and your company safe from threats. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please contact us today.