Securing your business for long-term remote working

7th October 2020 | Posted in Cyber Security


With the ongoing national pandemic, businesses are now committing their staff to long-term remote working.

Recent government advice has been “work from home if you can”, and those restrictions are set to last for “at least six months”. If you haven’t already, now is the time to ensure that your business has the correct IT systems in place, while making sure security is high on the agenda.

Many businesses have already opted for their staff to work primarily from home and a report by the BBC has suggested that businesses are ready to adopt long-term remote working, a scenario which is not going to change any time soon.

A survey of just under 1,000 firms conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has also shown that 74% plan on maintaining the increase in long-term remote working and more than half planned on reducing their use of workplaces.

 

What are the IT security issues of working from home?

  • Other users may use the same machine unless it is a company device
  • Corporate security policies may now be in place for remote workers
  • Standard / free routers provided by ISPs have substandard firewalls
  • Wireless may be open or accessible by many
  • Router VPN means all users on a home network have a connection to the corporate environment
  • Home PCs may not be patched for security and vulnerabilities
  • Unsecured Personal Devices

 

How can I adapt my IT systems to remote working in the long term? 

  • Use strong passwords (8 Characters + Upper and Lower with symbols, try to avoid”!”)
  • Set up two-factor authentication (2FA where supported)
  • Use a VPN (Ensure that the authentication method is strong and secure)
  • Set up firewalls (If your router supports this up consider upgrading your router)
  • Use an antivirus software
  • Secure your home router (Ensure your router is password secure and the wireless key is secure)
  • Install updates regularly (Regular check-in settings in “System” that your device is up to date)
  • Back up your data – (Or where possible do not save locally)
  • Beware remote desktop tools (Ensure the industry standard tools are used)
  • Look out for phishing emails and sites (If in doubt, DELETE!)
  • Watch out for work-from-home scams
  • Use encrypted communications
  • Lock your device (Configure automatic locking but get in the habit of manually locking using the Windows button+L on your keyboard)

 

We’re here to assist your business

CYFOR Secure are the experts in Managed IT Support and Cyber Security services. We can help your business become more agile and prepare for secure long-term remote working. For more information, please email us or give us a call on 0330 133 1250.


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