90% of IT professionals agree that remote work is not secure. However, with the pandemic forcing everyone to work remotely, businesses and IT professionals need to develop solutions that allow remote work to be as secure as working directly in the office (or as close to it as possible.)
In this article, we will cover cybersecurity best practices to keep your workers and your network safe and secure during this unprecedented crisis.
Set Up a Password Manager For Your Workers to Use
Use password managers like LastPass and 1Password for securing encrypted passwords. Set up a team account so you can securely share critical passwords with your team safely and securely.
Make Multi-Factor Authentication Your New Standard
Passwords alone, no matter how long and complicated, are no longer as secure as they once were. In case of a compromised password, multi-factor authentication can act as an additional security layer by requiring another device on top of the password to gain access to the network. This extra step will make unauthorized access almost impossible for hackers.
Use a VPN at All Times
A VPN hides your activity online so bad actors can no longer track you. When logging into your business network, regardless of how secure you think your connection may be, use a VPN to maximize security and peace of mind.
Train Your Employees to Spot and Report Phishing Attempts
Phishing uses deceptive emails to trick people into giving hackers their personal information or downloading malware. These attacks have spiked since the pandemic started. Criminals also use phishing campaigns to trick workers of large enterprises into providing them with their access credentials.
Teach your workers to never click on links from sources they don’t recognize. Also, have a plan for your employees to follow to report suspicious emails and their senders.
Teach Your Employees What to Avoid
Knowing what habits to stay away from is just as important as what to do to keep your employees and network safe and secure. Here are five items you want to stay away from for the sake of your security.
- Avoid non-secure WiFi networks.
- Change old passwords.
- Never use non-secure devices (such as personal devices) for business.
- Don’t use unsecured file-sharing methods.
- Stop using free email services for business.
In these unprecedented times, you and your employees need to take extraordinary measures to stay secure. Follow these best practices to protect your data and your employees.