Web Security Mistakes Your Remote Team Needs to Avoid

06.03.2020 | Soliton Blog

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When 2019 started, there were nearly 4000 data breaches in six months. This number has skyrocketed since COVID-19 related attacks have gripped the globe. If your company has never had web security issues, don’t think it can’t happen to you. Without proper security measures, your business will be more at risk of losing valuable business data and worse.

Employee negligence is one of the most common reasons for data breaches. This is becoming even more common now that more businesses are switching to remote work.

Here are four common web security mistakes your remote staff is making and how to prevent common cyber threats.

  1. Moving Data to Non-Corporate Devices

You may think your data is safe because you have specific business devices that are secure and encrypted.

But do you know what your staff members are doing with your data? They may be saving copies of their work to another hard drive, moving data to their personal devices for convenience, and even more.

Your staff members probably don’t realize they’re doing anything wrong. Their personal devices and hard drives likely don’t have the security measures that your systems do.

Communicating with employees is vital. Inform them that they can’t migrate business data to personal devices and why it's a cybersecurity issue.

If this is becoming inconvenient for them or they want to backup copies of their work, collaborate with them on additional solutions.

  1. Using Insecure Networks

28% of WiFi networks don’t use any encryption or they don't create strong passwords.

Whether your remote workers access unsafe public WiFi or they don’t have any internet protections set in place, this can make your business vulnerable to ransomware and more.

Forbid your staff from using public WiFi. If you can afford it, reimburse your staff for using secure WiFi or a VPN.

  1. Deploying a Slow VPN

Your staff may be using a VPN to secure their network but it doesn't mean their VPN is the best quality. A VPN relies on fast internet speed. In addition, a VPN can slow down your connection by as much as 10% or 20%. When performance declines, remote users tend to start thinking “out of the box” to address their unknown culprit. Which leads to compromised security decisions that threaten cybersecurity protocol.

What if the VPN is impacting internet speed?

 Suggest changing the VPN port, using a wired connection, or switching devices.

  1. Not Verifying Website or Email Security

Hackers are finding more ways to breach corporate systems. Since 30% of phishing emails are opened, it's scary to think that an employee's negligence can cause a serious ransomware attack.

Unfortunately, this is the case for many businesses. If your staff's systems are infected with malware, this also puts your system at risk.

Train your remote staff to verify the source of emails before downloading any attachments and opening any links.

These Web Security Mistakes Can Cause Detrimental Effects

Working from home is becoming more common, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

While telecommuting has many benefits, your staff can easily commit these common web security mistakes. Always have secure systems in place for remote workers and train your staff on cybersecurity.

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