Share the responsibilityImplementing new and updating existing software and systems that enable companies to operate remotely tends to be the responsibility of IT teams to execute from a practical perspective. But from a best practice, cyber secure perspective, preventing security breaches is everybody?s priority. From making sure they?re sharing data in the right way to avoid breaches, to creating robust passwords and properly logging in and out of shared virtual drives and their own laptops and other devices. As well as sharing the responsibility, business owners should regularly provide guidance on the processes and information with their staff and keep them informed of all updates.?
Maintain a GDPR mindsetHandling and processing data in the correct way, without compromising security, is central to maintaining General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. Just because everybody?s working at home, doesn?t mean GDPR no longer applies. If anything, it?s critical all information and data continues to be used and filed in accordance with the regulations. In fact, it?s a good starting point for businesses to make sure their remote operations are safe. For instance, it is imperative for businesses to develop clear policies, procedures and guidance for staff who work remotely. Multi-factor authentication should be properly configured to avoid unwanted access. Now, above any other time is the time to ensure data security. The?GDPR checklist?is a good resource to gain ideas and adapt to the operations of the company.
Check your connectivityConnecting everybody to the internet in the office and making sure they can all still log on via remote access are two totally different things. Is your overall connectivity fast enough to cope with this additional strain? And, more importantly, what measures are in place to make sure it?s completely hack-proof? Cybersecure measures, such as endpoint protection, next generation firewalls and email security ideally all need to be in place, at the very least. And it?s essential your internet connection is robust enough to enable day-to-day work to take place, as well as fuel that extra layer of necessary protection without slowing things down.
Protect all of your devices from afarThanks to the power of 21st?century technology, it?s possible for staff to lock access to their devices, erase the data they have stored on them and get a backup of the data ? remotely. All of this can be achieved, simply by installing mobile device management software that enables devices to be set up with a standard configuration, providing an extra layer of peace of mind protection in the process.
Back everything up securelyDon?t leave anything to chance. Not when there are services, such as Backup as a Service (BaaS) that enable companies to carry out backup and recovery via a highly-secure private or hybrid cloud. The alternative is to carry out backups, using a centralised, on-premises system, which is more geared up to pre-pandemic ways of working and not the new ?norm.?
Monitor your operationsCyberattacks are sophisticated and rapidly-evolving. One way to stay one step ahead of them is to monitor your systems and processes for any sign of vulnerability, which is what SOC-as-a-Service is designed to do. It?s essentially a subscription or software-based service that manages and monitors logs, devices, clouds and networks. It?s usually managed via a remote external security team and is considered to be a more cost-effective alternative to hiring in-house cybersecurity specialists.
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