With technological advancements like the cloud, more and more companies across the globe are adopting a mobile work environment. Whether your firm offers the option of working from home some of the time or is entirely virtual, one of the most important things you must consider is how to maintain maximum security with those who are working remotely. Are your cyber security measures up to par? Here are five things you can do to make sure.
Educate them on proper mobile cyber security techniques.
For employees who work remotely, everywhere they go could potentially be an office. The first step toward keeping your data secure is to make sure all employees understand the importance of not working on insecure networks, such as free WiFi at the coffee shop or a home network that isn’t adequately protected. Education and ongoing reminders are key.
Use a VPN on all mobile devices.
Most companies who offer the option of working remotely utilize a VPN to protect company-issued devices. Remember, however, that your virtual team members are very likely also accessing your corporate systems via their personal phones or tablets. To prevent any potential breaches, identify a VPN application and ask employees to install it and use it on their personal devices.
Prohibit the combination of work with personal data.
Transferring sensitive data from a company-issued device to a personal one may seem harmless enough, but it leaves your organization more vulnerable to a potential cyber security attack. Make it clear to all remote workers that all work-related information absolutely must remain solely on company devices. Set ramifications and enforce them as needed.
Make sure software and plugins are up to date.
Cyber criminals are constantly looking for vulnerabilities to exploit, and outdated software as well as plugins, like Java, Adobe Flash and Acrobat Reader often provide the perfect opportunity. All remote employees should be made aware that even trusted applications, software and plugins should be updated regularly on all of their devices. Whenever possible, automatic updating can help prevent anything from slipping through the cracks.
Employ the latest in cyber security technology.
Finally, whether you have a small portion of workers who are remote or run an entire virtual organization, protecting your sensitive data starts with you. Make sure that you are utilizing all of the technology and tools available to you, including up-to-date monitoring systems and automation for incident management and response. This will provide an added level of protection and improve the chances of keeping your company information secure. It will also ensure that should an incident occur, you’ll be able to address it quickly and effectively to mitigate damages.
The ability to work virtually has broken down barriers and opened up many doors for businesses of every size to access global talent and become more competitive. Unfortunately, there are certain risks associated with these types of policies. Being proactive by implementing the above security measures should keep your remote workers and your organization safe.