Security Risks of Remote Work and How to Overcome Them.
Working remotely has its perks. Weathering the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us firsthand what industries can gain from setting up a remote workforce to take over tasks. On the other business end of things, though, are cybersecurity issues that could threaten the health of the remote working community.
The Concerns We Have
Companies and brands have invested a lot in their cybersecurity profile. This includes all of the firewalls and locked down systems to reduce the incidence of breaches. That is not the same environment that most remote workers exist in, though.
Having to trust themselves for their device and network security comes with a series of challenges. There is the question of knowing what to do in the first place. There is also the matter of being able to keep a beefy security profile without breaking the bank.
No matter how you look at it, cybersecurity is important for the remote workforce.
Besides the threat that a data leak will pose to the remote workers themselves, the brands that they work for are not left out either. Imagine having hackers gain access to an employer’s assets and resources just because a remote worker was a weak link.
That makes the case even more solid for this cause.
Staying Safe While Working Remotely
The good news is that you do not need to spend the big bucks to stay safe against most hacks and cyber breaches. It is simply a matter of knowing what to do – and doing them well.
1 Install Security Software
Your work devices – from your smartphone to tablet and desktop computers – should not be without security software. We recommend installing an antivirus, a VPN app, and a password manager for starters.
Depending on the kind of work that you do, you can add more security software. Only from trusted sources too.
2 Update your Units
Device and software updates should be downloaded and installed ASAP. They will usually carry security fixes to quash bugs which might have found its way into your system.
3 Beware of Phishing Attacks
One of the best pieces of advice that you can get in this cybersecurity landscape is to be aware of phishing attacks. This social engineering hack is so important that it can make you bypass your security systems in favor of the hacker. Listen for every sign of a phishing attack to nip it in the bud before it becomes serious.
4 Good Password habits
In addition to having a password manager save your unique logins, also never use the same password for more than one account. On no account should you share your password with others. Where possible, enable 2FA and other viable methods to lock down your account better.