As the UK slowly begins to emerge from lockdown, many businesses are contemplating bringing a workforce back into the office. Yet with numerous risk assessments and complicated arrangements to work through, could working from home be the norm for some months to come?
 
Remote working has been a lifeline for many small businesses over the past ten weeks, yet in the initial rush to get people set up to work in a home office (or from their kitchen table!) important considerations could have been omitted.
 

Cyber Security has been a long running topic on this blog and is just as important in a private as a public capacity, particularly when the lines are blurred as currently. So how can you ensure thatyour business is staying protected through an employee’s home environment?

Remember Best Practice

It’s fair to say that we live in unprecedented times, but with employees hopefully in a rhythm of sorts, now is a great time to remind them of the best practices they would previously have employed in the workplace. This could be:

●Regularly updating and changing passwords
●Setting computers to automatically lock when they have been dormant for a certain period of time
●Reminders of how to spot ‘phishing’ emails
●Recirculation of your company’s policy on internet usage and removable devices (if your employees are using work devices)

Control Access to Corporate Systems

VPNS are a great way for your employees to access everything they need within your organisation’s IT systems. As the VPN creates an encrypted network that authenticates the user and the device, and encrypts information that is sent to and from, they are an incredibly secure way to work remotely. Yet the level of security is entirely dependent on the correct level of maintenance, so making sure that your IT services regularly update the system with security updates and patches is essential.

Advise on Personal Devices

Many employees will have chosen to work from home using their own laptops and computers. This is very cost efficient for businesses, but it does come with the downside of not being able to monitor the level of security in place. Provide some advice for your employees on minimising the risks, such as making sure their hard drive is encrypted, and all software and the device itself is up to date.

We hope you have found these tips useful. If you have any you would like to share, we’d love to hear. Just pop a comment below.