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Employers expect the same work ethic from their employees in the office as they do from remote workers. However, there is no way to completely monitor offsite employees to guide them through issues and provide support to them every time they need it. While you continue to accommodate your employees, what you cannot do is lose data. Data security is essential in any situation. Simple actions can be taken to have a large negative impact on your bottom line when employees lose company data. Do not worry, we are here to help. Here are simple, astonishingly easy-to-do steps that will protect your data against absent mindedness as well as cyber criminals.
Fortify Your Defenses
Like moats and strong, indomitable walls, build up your digital defenses.
1. Design and follow a diligent organizational password standard and implement authentication protocols to protect login and other access credentials.
2. Avoid sharing sensitive data with other colleagues or team members from home devices. If it has to be done, take supervisory clearances and secure the data with encryption and passwords.
Be Vigilant and Stay Aware
Learn about ways that data can be stolen. Popular means of data theft include the following: phishing, hacking, malware, ransomware, spyware, rootkits, IP spoofing, spear phishing, adware, and more. Training yourself and staying aware of various methods by which data can be compromised will help you to recognize and guard your system against malicious activities. Remember that home systems and devices are more vulnerable to breaches and attacks than office servers that have multi-layer protection.
’Padlock’ Your Devices
WiFi and Routers are gateways to possible security events. Cybercriminals in and determined hackers are adept at breaking into home networks. You should use strong e and creative passwords with variables that cannot be easily deciphered. Two-factor authentication is a good security practice. If possible, have a separate connection and device exclusively for office use. Do not share the work network passwords with anyone, including family members. It is also sensible to change the passwords at irregular intervals as an additional layer of precaution. Your IT department can also provide guidance on security measures.
Keep Software Updated
Updates for programs such as communications software, operating systems, and device drivers should be kept up to the latest available version. Notifications received for updates must be acted upon. Newer versions and updates usually contain security patches for operating systems and browsers and cover new vulnerabilities. In case you have doubts or a lack of trust in the download, do seek clearance from your IT department before proceeding.
Control Your Device Settings
Most devices are configured by the original settings from the factory. These must be reviewed regularly and reconfigured to match those specified by your organization. Some settings that are important to configure are pop-ups, cookie control, biometrics, privacy, VPN, app permissions, location settings, screen locks, history, and backups. Auto-downloads should be avoided as they take away your discretion.
The strategies above will go a long way in providing your offsite work from home with a more secure environment. Do follow the cybersecurity policy of your organization.
RP Tech Will Secure Your Data
At RP Tech Services, we can provide the know-how and support your efforts at enhancing IT security and preventing data loss. Becoming a good sentinel for your company is our specialty. With multiple locations in the tri-state area and Florida, we will always have a support technician within reach. With a common-sense approach and the tools we employ, you can rest assured that your data is safe and secure.