The COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of companies turning to remote working, where that’s an option. Of course, that hasn’t been a viable solution for many others but, for companies with staff that can work off-site, remote technology has been a lifeline. Let’s take a look at where we are in 2022, and the security issues that remote workers and businesses need to think about.
Though there was some resistance from both business owners and employees to the work-from-home revolution, it’s clear that it can work well, at least for some organizations. Without it, many companies would have folded in the last two years, as waves of infection have ebbed and flowed. Research has shown that workers are often very pleased to be working from home. A study in August 2021 by PwC indicated that twenty percent of workers prefer working remotely and would like it to continue, even after the pandemic subsides.
Remote working has saved businesses and jobs, but it brings some challenges with it. One big problem that has concerned business owners and IT professionals is cybersecurity, and the new threats posed by remote working.
With staff working from home or off-site and accessing the office network remotely, often using their own devices, hackers and scammers have been quick to see new opportunities for cybercrime. Cybersecurity is always important, but remote working has escalated the problems.
It’s self-evident that staff aren’t going to have the same levels of security when working with their own devices at home. Businesses need to do all they can to boost security and provide additional protection for the office network.
Threats to an organization’s cybersecurity are multiple and not easily dealt with. Staff will likely be using their own devices, but they will probably also be using other networks, as well as accessing their workplace servers. You can implement strong protections for your network but, if the other networks that employees are connecting to has fewer protections, you could still have a serious problem.
In an office environment it’s easier to remain alert to the organization’s security policies and best practices. Those reminders may recede when people are working in isolation at home and their security focus can slip.
You know you need to be vigilant about security threats. The big question is how best to do it. Here are some of the essential practices that we recommend to businesses, so they can maintain high security levels:
Cybersecurity is complicated and threats exist on many fronts. There may be a lot to remember, but it has to be done if security is to be maintained. We can help you with that. For more information, call Quikteks at (973) 882-4644.
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