Minimising Cyber Security Risks When Remote Working

As UK organisations increasingly embrace flexible working arrangements , they are realising the benefits that can be accrued from it. However, if not managed properly, this type of workforce configuration may also introduce cyber security risks that were heretofore unknown or considered manageable. The rapid adoption of mobile technologies for work means that even IT departments are now becoming more distributed and less able to monitor activity across all devices at all times. This is because employees have realised their personal device is actually a legitimate business tool. This has created new challenges where previously there were none to speak of, leaving businesses vulnerable to malicious cyber attacks including ransomware . How can you ensure your remote workforce stays safe from these types of cyber security risks?

You may be familiar with the concept of a dedicated IT support end user . In essence, this is a member of staff who has privileged access to information systems. Their role as an IT support end user gives them privileged access rights which allow them to make changes to those systems. The idea behind this is that they can maintain and manage those systems without requiring input from other members of staff or outside contractors – thus freeing up time for others to do their jobs better. Unfortunately, however, there are risks involved in allowing a single individual such privileges – if they were to abuse their power it could have serious consequences for your business.

Encryption – The best way to avoid ransomware attacks against remote workers

Any unauthorised changes to the systems could potentially put your organisation at risk. The best way to avoid these threats is through encryption . This ensures that all data and communications between end users and information systems are always secure, with no need for IT support approval beforehand. However, it’s important that employees know they can trust this level of security – if they don’t it will undermine their ability to access and use mobile devices for work purposes and may even result in them using unsanctioned personal apps, which will introduce new risks you do not want to be responsible for. It’s therefore imperative you build a cyber security policy around the use of encrypted platforms , such as Tresorit or Dropbox for Business (among others). You should also ensure you regularly monitor all traffic on your network to identify suspicious activity.

Supporting your workforce’s cyber security capabilities

Remote workers need to realise that they are just as susceptible to cyber attacks as anybody else, and be made aware of the risks associated with increased connectivity . You should therefore provide them with tools that will help them protect themselves against these types of threats without compromising their ability to do their job effectively. This means providing them with remote working technology that offers built-in malware protection , such as Microsoft 365. If there is no internet connection or power for example, users can still work offline if needed – which is essential in certain locations where connection issues are common. This also helps prevent any data loss, protecting both company and customer information. Employees should also be given appropriate training and be reminded regularly of the potential risks that exist – whether they’re currently using a personal device for work purposes or not.

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