During the Coronavirus pandemic many employers shifted their employees to work at home. While this has allowed many businesses to maintain their operations, it also poses a cyber security risk. At the office, a business can implement and enforce cyber safety standards to keep sensitive data safe. However, employees’ home networks may not be as secure. To keep your sensitive information safe consider the following tips:
- Train Against Phishing Attacks: Ensure your employees can recognize and avoid phishing attacks. Teach employees not to click on suspicious emails or links and never provide personal, financial, or company information to an unknown party.
- Virtual Private Network: Companies should implement a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs encrypt internet traffic and make it more difficult for potential cyber threats to track online activity.
- Anti-virus Software: Companies should require all employees to use anti-virus software. Employees should also be required to keep the software updated.
- Two-factor Authentication: This adds an extra layer of protection when employees are accessing any company device or data. Two-factor authentication generally requires users to send a verification code to their phone or email address.
- Device Privacy: Instruct your employees not to share company devices with others. The more people who have access to a device, the more likely it is that someone may make a mistake and jeopardize the cyber security of a business.
A cyber-attack can devastate a company’s operation, finances, and reputation. Cyber security should be taken seriously and be of the utmost importance. Ensure you are taking the proper precautions with your business to prevent a cyber-attack.