5 Steps to Secure Your Suddenly Remote Workforce

5 Steps to Secure Your Suddenly Remote Workforce

Cybercriminals Are Feasting on the Combination of Work From Home and Fear

Many industries have slowed down or shut down during this global pandemic, but cybercriminals are working overtime.

Cybercriminals and hackers know there’s no better time to strike than during a global crisis. While you are distracted and spending your time trying to make sense of this new normal, they are finding new ways that they can steal your data and passwords, compromise your private information and even demand large ransoms.

Here are solutions you can implement now to help protect your organization’s data, money productivity and sanity:

1.Train your staff. Even if just for 5 minutes.

Because people are scared and confused right now, it’s the perfect time for hackers to prey on people. Train your staff about social engineering and phishing attacks. RoundTable has a free 2-minute training on this topic as well as a free one-hour training.

2.Ensure your work-from-home computers are secure.

Another reason we expect a rise in cyber-attacks during this pandemic is the dramatic increase in people working from home. Far too many employers won’t think about security as their team starts working at the kitchen table.

Ensure you are updating all computers and mobile devices, whether by using a patch management system or by educating your staff on how to update their devices and the importance of doing so.

Discourage sharing of personal computers with other people at home.

Encourage strong passwords for computer access.

This includes BOTH CID (Company-Issued Devices) and BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices / Personal Devices).

3.PLEASE use two-factor authentication.

This is the one of the most important things you can do to improve your security. Require Two-Factor Authentication on email, file sharing finance and CRM platforms at a minimum. RoundTable also has a two-minute training on 2FA if you’re not sure what it is or why it’s so important.

4. Improve your passwords and password management.

During crises like the one we are all facing right now, your passwords could mean the difference between security and compromise. Make a point now to reevaluate your passwords and direct your team to create stronger passwords.

Also, while it’s so convenient to save your passwords in your web browser, it also lessens your security. Because web browsers simply require their own password or PIN to access saved passwords, a skilled hacker can bypass this hurdle and access all the saved passwords in your browser. Which could be dozens or even hundreds of accounts.

Instead, you should consider a password manager to keep all of your passwords in one place. These password managers feature robust security. A few options are LastPass, Dashlane and 1Password.

5. Encourage and (if possible, HELP) your staff secure their home routers and wi-fi.

This is a tough one, but important. Hackers are taking over home routers that are insecure, especially if the default administrative password has never been changed.

Also, if your staff’s home wi-fi network isn’t set up securely, this can allow attackers to easily gain access to their home networks, where they can wreak havoc.

If you have IT resources, HELP your staff with these changes - the last thing you want right now is to BREAK someone’s home network while trying to secure it, so having an IT professional assist with these changes is incredibly important if you can do this.

Last Word

You, your team and your family have enough to concern yourselves with in regards to staying healthy, living a more isolated lifestyle and keeping your business strong. There’s no need to invite in more problems by letting your computer and network security slide during these times.

If you need additional security advice or would like to have a consultation to discuss how to keep your data safe, connect with us today.

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