Cybersecurity While Working From Home

05.05.2020 | Soliton Blog

cybersecurity image demonstrating securing computers during remote access from a laptop

In 2017, 8 million Americans—that's over 5 percent of the country's total population—worked from home.

Now in 2020, COVID-19 has forced millions of businesses to shutter their offices, the number of people working from home has grown exponentially. While modern technology makes for a near-seamless transition from the traditional workplace to the home office, we can't forget the importance of cyber security while working from home.

Here are some things to keep in mind as your business navigates this sudden transition to remote work.

Everyone is Working From Home

It's important to understand that having your employees scattered around the city or country, using different devices, servers, and WiFi networks, is essentially a hacker's dream. All it takes is one weak-link employee for a cyber thief to have access to your company's valuable data, passwords, and customer information.

Additionally, it's possible that not all of your employees understand why cybersecurity is important. Since they are no longer under your direct, in-person supervision, they may feel free to slack off on their security measures.

While working from home may be far from ideal for your business, investing in the proper cyber security tools—such as secure video streams, encrypted WiFi networks, and high-barrier passwords—will help keep your information secure, no matter where your employees are working.

It's also important that everyone in your company, from the CEO to the lowest-ranking employee, understand the importance of cybersecurity. Explain to your team that data breaches are remarkably common, and it's up to everyone to do their part and follow the proper cybersecurity protocol.

Relaying simple tips to your employees can go a long way. These can include things like teaching them how to spot a scam email, properly securing their laptops when not in use, and using strong passwords. You can also require your employees to go through a third-party security training program. These interactive trainings can go a long way toward improving your workers' own security habits. Employees might be tempted to use their own personal computers for work when working remotely, which opens up new security threats. Make sure your employees understand they are required to conduct all work on their company-issued devices.

Invest in a Security Analysis 

Here's the thing: You can't know what you don't know. If a security threat currently exists in your system, it's because your company's IT manager already has a blind spot. Fortunately, a thorough and professional threat analysis report can help. A comprehensive, easily digestible report will pinpoint your security weak points, and explain how they can be corrected.

Investing in a security analysis is the best thing you can do for yourself, your customers, and your employees.

Invest in Secure Remote Access Software

The electronic certificates serve as two-factor authentication and enables employees to utilize their own device if authorized. Eliminate unauthorized access to company PCs and ensure high security for remote access with SecureDesktop.

Learn More About Cybersecurity 

As COVID-19 prompts your business to transition to working remotely, it might be a good time to make sure your company's security measures are all up-to-date and effective.

Learn more about the importance of cybersecurity, and what we can do for your business, by getting in touch today.