Latest News

Cybersecurity for Remote Workers: Best Practices to Secure Your Digital Connection in Your Business

In recent years, remote work has become the norm for many workers in the UK. Where once it was typical to commute to the workplace five days a week, it’s now the case that our workplace is a hybrid of the office and the spare bedroom.

With so many of us at home, ensuring that digital connections are secure has become crucial for employees just as much as it is for businesses. Cyberthreats are becoming increasingly focused on the potential gaps in security that home office workers have.

Therefore, if you’re a business owner, it’s vital that your remote workers know how to prevent a cybersecurity breach and how to spot a threat.

Here’s how you can ensure you have a strategy in place for your team.

Secure network setup

Your remote workers should prioritise using a reliable and secure internet connection. Open Wi-Fi networks, often found in cafés and other public places, are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks and should be avoided.

This can mean that your employees are limited when it comes to where they’re based when they’re not in the office, but it’s important that they’re aware there’s an enhanced risk if they’re working outside of their own private, password-protected Wi-Fi network at home.

For added security, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) could be helpful. This encrypts internet traffic, providing a secure tunnel between the user’s device and your company’s network. This encryption makes it harder for cybercriminals to intercept and exploit data. If you set up your own VPN for your business, your remote workers can login via this to access company data and files they need.

Strong authentication practices

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security by requiring two or more forms of verification before allowing access to accounts or systems. This could include something the user knows (a password), something the user has (a security token or smartphone), or biometric verification such as fingerprint or facial recognition. You can set up multi-factor authentication on work equipment that you supply to remote employees.

Passwords should be strong, unique, and changed regularly. A strong password includes a mix of letters (both upper and lower case), numbers, and special characters.

Updating and patching systems

Software developers provide updates that address security flaws discovered in their applications. Keeping operating systems, software, and applications up-to-date means that remote workers can reduce the risk of being intercepted by hackers.

Automatic updates can ensure that the latest security patches are applied as soon as they become available. Antivirus and anti-malware software should also be regularly updated. It’s worth arranging for this to become part of a regular update schedule.

Cybersecurity assessment

Assessments involve evaluating remote systems and processes to ensure they meet the required security standards. Businesses should develop a policy that includes guidelines for remote work.

Cybersecurity assessment tools and services can help identify weak points in the network, such as unsecured devices or outdated software. Reviewing access controls and periodic phishing simulations can also help prepare your team and alert them to issues in their cyber training.

Regular security audits

These audits monitor and improve remote work security measures. They should be thorough and cover all aspects of the remote working environment, including hardware, software, and network configurations. Audits help verify that security policies are being followed and that protective measures are effective.

 

By investing in your remote workers by enhancing their equipment and training, you can ensure they’re able to identify any threats quickly and efficiently.