Work-from-home model enjoy more flexible workdays and better work-life balance, organisations benefit from higher productivity gains and lower operational costs BUT enterprises have certain security-related concerns when working remotely.
1. Reduced Security on Mobile Devices
However, when employees work remotely, they often use personal devices and public Wi-Fi networks, which can expose their important data to several other vulnerabilities. This poses a major threat to data security. According to CSO Online, “83% of phishing attacks in the past year have taken place outside of the inbox – in text messages or in apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp as well as a variety of games and of social media services “. Obviously, data security is a huge responsibility for small businesses with remote employees, a responsibility that should be treated as a top priority. Companies must first increase safety awareness and educate their remote workers, and educate them on possible dangers and good preventive practices. Strict password policies should be enforced and all employees should be required to secure the laptops they intend to use for work.
2. file sharing
The secure transfer of sensitive information a crucial aspect of an organisation’s growth and wellbeing – has always been a challenge, even in the physical workspace. Enterprises must, therefore, take adequate steps to protect and manage information assets, particularly those pertaining to IPs and other sensitive data. Encryption-based filesharing tools, such as LogMeIn Pro, can be deployed to allow enterprise users to seamlessly transfer and share mission-critical files without compromising on security. Such tools can also allow file owners to define the level of access for each user to ensure that confidential information stays confidential.
3. Video Attacks
The popular Zoom video app has come under scrutiny for an increase in “zoom-bombing,” in which hackers hijack video meetings to distribute malicious content. Be sure to take precautions to keep your video calls safe.
4. Tracking Assets on the Cloud
Market research, reports, business ideas, even visual collateral such as logos and brand names can all be incredibly sensitive information, and one small leak can sabotage a major campaign. Protecting and managing all such assets should be a major priority for any business, particularly small businesses that often go all in on one big idea.Asset management is easier in a confined workspace, but when data moves across a global network of devices outside the premises of a physical office, and data is constantly being exchanged among the employees, asset management becomes a different ball game altogether.
5. Inadequate Backup and Recovery Systems
The problem becomes even more pronounced when your remote employees use the same device for work as well as personal use, often mixing up personal and business data, exposing each to the vulnerabilities of the other. So if an employee’s laptop crashes due to a malignant file downloaded for personal use , the business data is lost too. Recovering this data can become difficult to impossible, depending on how well backed-up this employee kept their data. Unfortunately, small businesses have a long list of bigger problems to address, which can make it hard to prioritize the prevention of data loss and backup and recovery. But ignoring the issue for too long can have a hazardous effect.