Updated: Oct 25, 2021
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Cyber security Threats while Working From Home(WFM)
The remote work is not limited to WFH. Employees work from different locations using the freedom that comes with remote working. Thus, organizations are required to focus on remote cyber security rather than simply addressing WFH issues in terms of cyber security. Some of the cyber security problems and threats that are associated with WFH are given below:
Unsafe Network Connections
Networks are one the major cyber security problems. Remote teamwork gives employees the ability to work using public Wi-Fi’s or Wi-Fi’s with security layers. They could be accessing their corporate accounts using unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Since employees share confidential information, hackers, and users with malicious intent can spy and steal that data. Cybercriminals can easily hack into the networks and intercept the information. Unsecured networks increase employee security issues twofold.
Personal Device Usage
Another concern is employees using personal devices for work. Corporate devices come with many layers of security that cannot be easily accessed by cybercriminals. Several risks, like virus threats, hacking, etc., happen on personal devices. Employees who leave the Company can also store confidential information on their devices and sell or share it with someone. Personal devices may also not have the appropriate and secure software for working with a virtual environment. Anyone working in cyber security knows the importance of regular software updates. On personal devices, it is hard to monitor if the latest software versions are installed or not.
Apart from cyber threats, there are physical threats that are not counted as cyber security risks. Employee security issues also arise from human errors like talking on the phone loudly about sensitive information in public, unwanted buttons pressed by someone or babies at home, or exposed the laptop screen to everyone in public places. Sometimes, employees leave their device unattended, which is one of the significant working from home issues. Other threats are loss of standard work culture, mismatched operating systems, and other issues that make cyber security for businesses a challenging task.
How to Negotiate the WFH Challenge
Cyber security remote jobs are almost non-existent
Cyber security requires system administrators, engineers, and ethical hackers to be present near the hardware and work with it. However, if the entire organization is WFH or even most employees are, it becomes a necessity to maintain security from a faraway place. Here are some of the best remote cyber security practices companies can follow:
Create a WFH policy which has all the guidelines that remote workers need to follow. It will outline the necessary steps they must take, how to access systems, what information they shouldn’t share, and everything else.
Use Encrypted Communication Tools
While working with remote employees, one must always use encrypted communication tools and devices to avoid employee security issues.
Setup Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The best way to provide encryption and avoid cyber security problems is to use a VPN. VPN provides an alternative IP address to your network while bringing in traffic to your network. It provides cyber security for businesses to a certain extent as it protects the data that goes through it. VPN is an encrypted way of data transfer.
Avoid Data Sharing
Ask all your remote workers never to use their personal devices for work. Most of the WFH problems arise because employees work from personal devices.
Anything can happen to your data while working remotely. Someone could hack and steal it, or you may lose your device. A number of vulnerabilities occur with remote work. One of the most important things is that you should always have a proper backup of your data. Data maintenance is an important task for remote jobs.
Issue guidelines to your employees for cyber security regarding physical security. It involves never leaving the device unattended, not working in public places, and communicating in a slow volume about confidential information.
Cyber security is a critical component in remote working. Employees need to ensure that they follow the guidelines to work from a remote location safely. By following the best practices of the cyber security landscape, organizations can protect their employees from vulnerable threats. It will enable them to ensure that employees working remotely have a stronghold on things and are not vulnerable to risks.
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