The Covid-19 pandemic has effected a significant change in the business world, influencing a new work environment for most companies, giving rise to adopting new policies and work strategies. With the alarming rate of cybersecurity threats in the business system today, business owners must set up cybersecurity measures for their organizations while acclimatizing to the new work environment, policies, and technology.
How to ensure Cybersecurity for Remote Businesses?
1. Monitor Cybersecurity Threats
As a business owner, it is your responsibility and your organization’s security team to protect the most sensitive information and analytic application of your business, clients, and employees. Ensure you frequently go over your security networks to identify imminent threats that may arise due to the new work-from-home policy.
2. Employee Communication
Each employee under your organization is expected to adopt the new home-working policies, including setting up a more secure network. Hence, it is ideal that your security team makes these policies clear, concise, and easy to follow. The policies should also encourage the employees to call up the organization’s security teams to help if they suspect an imminent cybersecurity threat.
3. Equip Robust security capabilities
As a business owner, it is your responsibility to equip all work devices (corporate or managed) with the right security capabilities. The best practices adopted at the workplace for network security should also be extended to all employees’ home workspace.
Examples of security capabilities to be considered include:
- Connect users to a secure network that is business-critical and requires them to be on-premise (in their workspace) to access some business applications
- Create an Endpoint, server, and device security (ESDS)
- Initiate system administration (SA) such as network isolation, visualization, storage area network (SAN) management, and/or multi-factor authentication
- Network security such as software-defined networking (SDN), secure socket layer (SSL) intercept, virtual private networking (VPN), and internet protocol security (IPSec)
Cybersecurity for Remote Workforce
As employees in an organization, it is on you, as an individual, to rightly follow the guideline policies provided to prevent threats.
1. Secure your Wi-Fi network- Be careful of the kind of connections you give your Wi-Fi network. Ensure to change your Wi-Fi default settings to avoid unwanted parties invading your network.
2. Change Network Password- Apart from having a secure/complex password on your networks, switching up and changing them regularly is necessary.
3. Install & Update New Releases- on your work devices as they become available. Also, do not mix your work devices for personal matters and vice versa.
4. Keep the VPN Searchlight On- against malicious domains and phishing emails using a virtual private network. This will provide a trusted connection for you and keep you hidden from malware attacks.