With organisations increasing their dependence on digital infrastructure to run their businesses and support hybrid working schemes, and the simultaneous growth and maturity of cyber security threats, it’s critical for leaders to consider how their cyber security measures are protecting their employees and customers inside and outside the office
Protecting your data everywhere
In an office environment, most companies have implemented measures such as firewalls to provide extra visibility and control over the office’s network, securing it from outsiders and threats.
However, these types of measures only protect that space, leading to the question of what happens when employees work from home.
Gone are the days when IT professionals only had to worry about protecting the office. Now they need to consider how to protect their data, customers, and employees everywhere.
“It’s no longer as simple as having a lock on the front door, you need to keep important information in safes, in addition to locking the door.” Explains Patrick Bishop, Principal Solutions Architect at Backbone Connect
How can businesses protect their data and secure their remote workers?
- Arrange a risk assessment - review what measures are currently in place and identify your biggest threats
- Taking steps to secure applications rather than just the network.
- Raise awareness! Educating and training employees on the types of attacks targeting them and the associated risks.
- Implementing BYOD policies.
- Using secure, centralised solutions and systems.
- Multifactor authentication.
- Strong password policies.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s a good starting point. Interested in discussing the best way to protect hybrid workers? If you haven’t had a cyber risk assessment in the last 12 months, and you’ve implemented new tech or introduced hybrid working, get in touch.