Mandate Secure Internet Connections – Many of those switching to remote work during this crisis may be using an unsecured Wi-Fi network to get their jobs done from home. An unsecured Wi-Fi connection is the easiest entry point—and biggest vulnerability—to your company data. The best solution to ensuring a secure connection is to use a virtual private network (VPN), which encrypts internet traffic regardless of whether or not a secure Wi-Fi connection is used. Because the current climate requires working from home, rather than at a café, coffeehouse, or airport with an unsecured network, at minimum, workers should protect their household’s Wi-Fi with a strong password.
Enable Two-factor Authentication – Whenever possible, opt into two-factor authentication or two-step verification for accounts offering this feature to make it that much more difficult to hack into your network or online applications. Typically, for remote work purposes, the second authentication or verification method includes a code sent via email or text message.
Protect Employees’ Personal Devices with Antivirus Software and Updates – Many personal devices may not include the same security features as those in your office, specifically antivirus software. This software detects and blocks malicious software, or malware, which is designed to attack devices and cause damage or gain unauthorized access to otherwise confidential data or networks. Purchasing malware protection for your remote employees’ devices should be considered, as it is a small investment compared to paying a ransom for stolen data, losing files, or having your system breached. Moreover, require employees to make any recommended updates on their personal hardware and software to ensure the latest security measures are in place.