Home working arrived with a bang and it looks like it is here to stay. Are your teams able to work ‘securely’ from home?

Are your teams able to work ‘securely’ from home?

Coronavirus has brought about a big shift in our daily lives. Huge swathes of people have swapped a morning latte, a power suit and a commute to an office to a cup of homemade coffee, a desk in their living room or newly created garden office and casual clothes (or even pyjamas on the very odd occasion...!)

For the most part, this is working well. People are able to log on to their work remotely via VPN and are managing to do their day to day tasks with less interruption and seem to be more productive. BUT what happens when we look ‘below the surface’.

Below the surface we find that employees who wouldn’t normally click phishing bait when they are in the office are doing so more often – because they are sometimes more distracted at home (home schooling anyone?!) and they are more relaxed at home. There is also a lot less in the way of continuing formal training at the moment, so where employees would have regular meetings to remind them about these things, they are no longer happening and, as we have seen all too often, the Cyber Criminals are getting the upper hand. They are using these newly relaxed, out of their usual environment employees to their advantage. Barracuda networks have reported a 66% rise in phishing attacks since April 2020. There is no need to be alarmed about the rise in cyber attacks as with the right level of IT support and managed services these risks can be mitigated greatly and certainly the overall benefits of working from home well outweigh having office costs and expenditure in the long term.

How can my workforce securely work from home?

Here at Shadowfax we can help to future proof your corporate home working plans. In the long term this could greatly reduce your business overheads. At Shadowfax we are able to sit down with you (either distanced or virtually) and create a plan and forecast for your IT and data security needs to ensure that your employees have everything they need at home and make that transition from office to home go smoothly.

There is a lot to consider when deciding on and implanting the transition from office working to home working, but Shadowfax have the expertise to run and manage that process for you.

Here are some additional resources from trusted sources that you may find useful:

Datto
Webroot
Barracuda

Home working considerations:

Devices: Are employees using their own laptops? This can be a huge vulnerability as often home IT equipment is not maintained to the same standard as office tech.

Considerations:

• Has the home tech got the latest anti-virus software?
• Have back-ups been set to run regularly?
• Is the device encrypted?
• Does the device have a strong password set?

Internet: Do your staff have the upload and download speed they require? Is the connection they are using secure?

Data Security: Are your servers, emails and IT hardware and software protected from attacks?

Communication Tools: Have you got a VOIP phone system?

Multi Factor Authentication: Have you set up MFA?

Business Class IT:Microsoft Office 365

Back Ups Recovery: Do your back-ups work when people work at home? Would you be able to easily recover lost data?

Data Security:Are your systems still protected when staff are working remotely?

Call shadowfax today on 03332 400 660 to discuss and plan for your current and future home working needs.

 

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