Are Your Work From Home Employees Working Securely?

05.26.2020 | Soliton Blog

hands typing on a work laptop. Indicating that remote work can sometimes be a cybersecurity risk.

Working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a lot of new challenges for businesses and employees alike. Many of these security challenges, can create serious problems for companies of all sizes.

It's easy for one of your employees to become a cybersecurity risk without even being aware of it.

If you have employees working from home right now, it's essential that you set some security measures in place. It's good to identify best practices for this kind of independent work environment. Plenty of people work from home every day without trouble, but one mistake can be disastrous.

1. Encourage the Company Cloud

If your employees are working from their home equipment (or even work equipment but handling sensitive and important information), consider talking to them about using a cloud-based storage system instead of storing files locally.

Not all cloud systems are created equally. Third-party cloud systems should be verified and checked out by employers first.

Local storage might seem safer, but computers are not impenetrable.

Cloud-based apps are also a good idea for your employees, especially if they're using home computers. This allows them to use basic word processors, spreadsheet creators, and other important document writers at home without downloading their own software.

2. Give Your Employees a Basic Cybersecurity Rundown

The average person isn't very caught up on basic cybersecurity. Unless your entire staff is full of security-savvy digital natives, you're likely to have a few people who aren't aware of the risks or frequency of cybercrime at all.

Giving your employees a security briefing could mean the difference between a data breach and a safe and successful remote work experience.

A brief weekly Zoom meeting should be enough to keep employees up to date on the important details.

3. Avoid Shared Computers

Sometimes shared computers are unavoidable. This is especially true in conditions where someone shares with family members.

Because of the swift shift to the work-from-home experience, many companies didn't have time to establish a system for employees to be granted work computers. If possible, though, it's in the best interest of your company to provide private company computers to employees who don't have their own.

This might seem like a lofty expense, but it could be saving you from a huge cybersecurity risk.

4. Provide Security Protection

Not everyone equips their personal computers with security protection. For some, it can feel like an unnecessary expense. For others, it's just not a consideration. For someone working with sensitive information for your company though, you should provide a basic computer security program.

Providing a secure remote desktop solution allows your employees to easily access all computer files.

Again, if you're using work computers, this is likely a non-issue (and already in place). If your employees are working from their home equipment, though, it's something that you should offer.

Is there a Cybersecurity Risk in Your Work From Home Staff? 

Working from home is a change of pace for many people around the world, but it's not a new phenomenon. Remote work can be safe and efficient for many industries as long as certain precautions are taken to avoid even the smallest cybersecurity risks.

For more information on cybersecurity or to check out our security products for your network, take a look through our IT security articles.