Walk into the typical café, and you’ll probably see more than half of the people working away on laptops, and there is a good chance that a few of them are dealing with highly sensitive information.
As you probably know, the public Wi-Fi and networks at cafes and other businesses are ripe for the picking when it comes to threats from hackers. It is essential for your company to do everything it can to educate employees on potential cyber threats and the ways to avoid them.
Below are a few cybersecurity tips you should pass along to your remote workers to ensure that your company, its system, and the data it keeps are all kept secure.
Mandate the Use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Highly convenient, public Wi-Fi networks are unfortunately not very secure with sensitive information and log-in information easy intercepted by hackers. Over an unsecured public network, hackers can also deliver malware or even “spoof” the network and seize user information.
Remote workers also have to be worried about Wi-Fi phishing, which is when a hacker produces a web page meant to resemble a sign-in page on your website. When a worker enters log-in credentials on the phony page, she or he is unknowingly delivering them to a hacker.
Remote employees should also know their home network is likely not secure. A home network can be breached via vulnerable IP-enabled devices, such as connected security cameras and smart thermostats. Unsecured devices are an open door for a hacker to enter and access your company’s tech assets.
Enabling users to connect safely, a virtual private network (VPN) can protect against these and other Wi-Fi-based threats.
Invest in Cybersecurity Training
There’s an old saying in cybersecurity: Humans are always the weakest link. Because of this, it is critical to teach all staff members about the essentials of cybersecurity, particularly those that relate to their job.
Hold regular worker security trainings to cover both the basics and the most recent cybersecurity threats. Also, educate employees on how to identify cons and best practices for reducing risk. For small companies with modest resources, many cybersecurity experts are offering cost-effective training.
Focus on Endpoint Security
Endpoint security is the term used to describe security issues for software, applications, and functioning systems that users engage with on various devices. For companies with remote workers, endpoint security is a last line of defense against attacks.
A standard endpoint security measure is simply updating software while using anti-virus software and network firewalls. Hackers have been known to exploit out-of-date software, so making certain your assets are regularly updated can secure this type of vulnerability. Pre-installing anti-malware measures and a VPN are also key steps in a cybersecurity plan. Firewalls on all company-issued devices offer an added level of protection. For BYOD companies, staff members should be offered licenses for anti-virus and VPN software.
We Can Be Your Partner in Cybersecurity
At Thompson Technologies, we support our clients’ security by providing them with cybersecurity talent and fully supporting the security training of all employees. Please contact us today to find out how we can help your company be more secure.