Direct Connections: Smart IT Security Measures for Remote Workers
In the blink of an eye, workers across the United States have gone from commuting to work to an office every morning not even leaving their homes by making a much shorter commute to their home. This rapid shift to remote working has prompted many companies to rush plans for remote working solutions. But did these plans include corporate data protection? How businesses can protect themselves from cyber attacks in this new remote working environment is a critical conversation, and Direct Connections has supported Dan Holland, Marketing Director at IHSE.
“Having the right hardware and software in place is only part of the solution for security measures, securing computers and securing intellectual property,” Holland said of protecting against cyber attacks and malware. “As more companies allow these work-from-home options for employees, these attacks are only increasing dramatically. “
Cybercrime is on the rise because criminals know that teleworkers are not cyber professionals. Most likely, home desktops and laptops are not protected to the same level as a corporate office. And the best thing businesses can do is develop a plan to protect themselves remotely and locally.
“You need to develop a cybersecurity awareness and training plan to educate your employees about all of these common threats,” Holland explained. Threats like email phishing scams are essential for employees to understand and recognize. “About 91% of all cyber attacks right now are from email.”
Sometimes even simple preventative measures can ensure safety. When not in use, Holland said he disconnects his desktop computer from the internet connection or turns off his computer.