As more and more companies embrace remote work in the face of social distancing, cybersecurity has quickly become top of mind. For those unfamiliar with the cybersecurity landscape, it can feel overwhelming to get started. Some key services and programs are worth looking into to make sure you are keeping your employee documentation safe and secure.
Updated Virus Protection
Antivirus software is designed to find known viruses and oftentimes other malware such as Ransomware, Trojan Horses, worms, spyware, adware, etc., that can have a detrimental impact on the user or device. Such programs are still one of the most important staples to cybersecurity. Antivirus programs provide a way to protect against known threats. The effectiveness of an antivirus program is heavily dependent on how often it is updated. Therefore, it is important to have the antivirus program scheduled to update daily. Most antivirus programs rely on a library or database of known viruses to compare with programs on a user’s device. If a match is found, the malicious program will either be deleted or placed into a quarantine area from which a user can decide to restore or delete the program manually.
But virus protection alone is not enough to keep documentation safe and secure. The clear vulnerability of virus protection software is that it can’t protect against new or unknown viruses or attacks.
Especially with more workers trying to stay productive while remote, VPN is critical to reducing risk when not on the official corporate network. VPN has long been the answer to these remote work security concerns, and it is even more relevant today. VPN provides secure access to the internal network that remote employees need to be a productive day in and day out. It furthermore limits risk by ensuring a secure connection while giving your remote workers access to the resources they need. Ensuring that remote workers have access to the right information and resources via your internal network is critical. Still, it must be provided with data security to ensure your sensitive information is kept safe. But with a VPN, data security is protected while your workforce can stay in touch just like any other employee.
Multi-Factor Authentication is a security protocol that is quickly becoming the new standard of identity verification. Requiring users to provide multiple forms of identity verification (such as a password and mobile device request, for example) will provide better protection at all levels of access. This form of authentication will add that extra layer of security that can make your data not worth the effort of stealing. Remember that hackers are often looking for the path of least resistance, which can be all it takes to deter a potential attack.
Many of the biggest and most notorious corporate data hacks have been blamed on inefficient password protections. A strong password is easy to remember but hard to guess, but that in and of itself is not enough protection these days. Using the same password across different devices, across personal and professional accounts, and even across different employee access levels can lead to very real problems in network security. The invention of password managers has changed the playing field for companies looking to increase their passwords’ quality without slowing down their employees. From storing to creating complex and difficult to hack passwords, managers are the smart and convenient way forward.
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For more assistance in keeping your business as protected as possible, connect with the team of remote work experts at ESGI today.