2020 was a very tough year for many organisations. As a result of COVID-19, the sudden move to getting employees working from home quickly left many employers unprepared for the new work environment.
Cyber criminals are aware that small and medium businesses who switched operating remotely are vulnerable, as they often don’t have the cybersecurity budget that major corporations may have available to them. The good news? There are several relatively low-cost steps that you can take to block cybercriminals’ attacks and protect your business – even if your staff are operating remotely.
Telecommunication Solutions (Like VoIP)
First, you need to implement some sort of VoIP telecommunication services. This will ensure that staff can communicate with one another safely and effectively, no matter where they are in the world. VoIP stands for “voice over internet protocol” and is a communications technology that allows users to interact with one another by audio through an internet connection. Good quality VOIP Telephone Systems will keep all calls and communications secure. Plus, they are usually more cost effective than traditional landlines.
You should also consider implementing a VPN. This stands for “virtual private network” and is a network that your staff can connect to securely, ensuring that they don’t connect to public internet connection, which can be much easier for cybercriminals to hack into. A VPN can also significantly reduce your chances of breaching data protection laws.
Clear Bring Your Own Device /Work from Home Policies
If your employees are going to be working remotely, you need to create and share a strict Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Work from Home (WFH) policy. This will ensure that employees working from their own devices know exactly what they can and can’t do with their device to ensure that your data is always well protected. Having guidelines that they need to follow implements accountability and will consequently result in staff being more careful with what they use their device for.
Managed IT Services
A general investment you should be making is outsourced managed IT services. Why? Well, this will ensure that you always have a team of competent professionals managing and keeping an eye on your computer systems. If problems arise, they’ll be able to resolve them quickly and effectively, protecting your business and maximising productivity as a result.
Operating your business on a remote basis may be more difficult, but implementing the changes outlined above can help to protect your business from cyber criminals. They’re more than worth taking into consideration and trying out.
At CyBourn, we have a range of services that can help, giving you full peace of mind when it comes to your cybersecurity posture. We are a global cybersecurity company with a mission to address challenges in technologies and operations in cyberspace. We increase protection by providing forward-thinking transparent services for threat detection, prevention, and response.
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