Create contingency and risk management plans
It is crucial to have a policy for what to do when a remote worker’s computer or device is missing, stolen or in any way compromised, especially when it contains sensitive business information. It is also important that the device can either be tracked or erased remotely.
A risk-based contingency plan generally specifies what is acceptable in the form of remote access, including how data is handled and the levels of authorization granted to the remote workforce.
Adopt robust endpoint security for remote devices
Ensure that enterprise software and tools capable of detecting and responding quickly to malicious threats are fully installed on all devices that can access your company’s resources and networks, regardless of whether they are company-issued or not.
Securing endpoints usually involves the installation of malware and data protection tools. This is often achieved with software that has sophisticated endpoint detection and response (EDR) and data loss prevention (DLP) features, which we can install for you.
Ensure your remote workforce is educated on best security practices
Importantly, you should teach your remote staff to be aware of phishing attacks because this is the most common mechanism hackers use to gain access to a system. This has been more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic and the upsurge of remote work.
Your staff needs to be wary of emails and avoid clicking on spam or malicious-looking file attachments. They should know how to recognize emails impersonating senior staff (especially if they are requesting illegitimate activities such as bank transfers or gift purchases) as well as how to report such instances to your IT administrators immediately.
Keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure your remote workers don’t become vulnerable attack vectors through which malicious actors and hackers can compromise your system.
We recommend you work you work with a professional IT company to secure your remote environment against data compromises, as you’ll reap the following benefits:
- Balancing usability and security to allow your remote workers to operate effectively
- Protecting your company’s network from unauthorized access
- Reducing fraud and reputation loss from data breaches through intrusion detection mechanisms
- Minimizing your exposure to corporate theft and ransomware attacks
- Improving your data protections along with business continuity and recovery plans
- Gaining measures that prevent identity theft through personally identifiable information (PII) leakage
- Safeguarding the exposure of financial records and credit card data
IT Architechs has the experience and expertise to help you with all your remote endpoint security needs. Contact us today to speak to a security consultant.