Businesses advised on how to overcome the cybersecurity risks of remote working

There’s some excellent advise in this article from HR News –

It includes information on connecting your people to their data, security assessments, staff using their own IT equipment and safe use of public WiFi.

As more people log in away from the workplace, it’s increasingly important to ensure you have standards and staff protocols in place, plus a regime to ensure security is regularly monitored.

With more businesses allowing employees to use their own devices, commonly known as BYOD, it puts a lot of emphasis on the business to trust that their staff are making the right decisions, such as ensuring that employees’ devices are up to date, have a good antivirus programme and a strong password.

Equally, you should take action to separate untrusted devices from the rest of the network. This can be done by reverse proxies, edge computing or connecting to remote virtual desktops.

Patrick Wake, Group Director of Information Security at FDM Group said: “Whilst most people relate remote working as working from home, what we really need to be thinking about is the ability to securely work from anywhere.  This could be your home office, on your commute or the local café, from your mobile phone, laptop or home PC.  

“Ignoring the looming cyber risks in a remote work setting can lead to serious consequences. Data breaches can expose confidential information, financial losses can be crippling, and the damage to one’s reputation can be irreparable. 

“Fortunately, there’s plenty to be done to overcome remote worker security risks, from building strong identity frameworks to simply educating remote workers about cyber hygiene.”