Since the pandemic flexible working has become a non-negotiable for most candidates looking for work. It’s a talent tight market right now because companies are finally coming on that if they offer remote work to people they will take it. One of the best ways for organizations to attract the right candidates is to make sure that they are offering remote work, and as the need for remote work has grown so has the threat landscape.
That means that even though the pandemic put the world to a standstill three years ago, cyber attackers have just come on from strength to strength. Sure, you can download VPN options in your home to make sure that you can work without interruption, but a business still is going to be at risk from cyberattacks. Especially if they’ve been left with gaps. Some of those gaps were left because of human error, but cybercriminals work hard to exploit vulnerabilities in the companies IT system where they can find them. If you want to make sure that you can work safely anywhere, you need to look at the tips below:
Go beyond passwords. Most companies are asking their employees to enable multi factor authentication where possible because passwords are not enough to protect. A weak password or one that is reused over and over across multiple sites are those that attackers love to exploit. And they exploit it very quickly. Multi factor authentication can make a massive difference to your company devices, so make sure that you speak to your employer about this if you are planning to work remotely.
Speak to your IT team about patching devices. If there is a bundle of corporate devices due to go out to employees, a good and effective way of ensuring that everybody is vaccinated against those known vulnerabilities is to patch devices. New features would be added as well as outdated ones removed, and all performance issues would be fixed. Encourage everybody in the company to patch their personal devices, but if there are any devices going home with people that you know are going to be vulnerable to cyberattack then they need to patch it before they go.
Invest in employee training. How many of your employees understand what phishing is? Phishing is nothing new, but cybercriminals have become more bold not since the pandemic. They are emboldened to steal personal information and they take advantage of the confusion surrounding phishing in the first place. Instead of this being a problem for your business, you can make sure that you are investing in employee training and learn from the best to spot phishing emails and issues that look fishy.
Invest in a good VPN. Securing A connexion through a VPN with laptops, phones and even smartwatches can help you to avoid any cyberattacks. It doesn’t have to cost too much money, just make sure that if you were transporting your personal and important data out or in anywhere, it’s protected as a highway.