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It?s 2019, and the idea of ?working from home? is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, remote work has grown 159% since 2005, and every year more organizations allow some kind of remote workforce. As the modern business world becomes ever more tech-centric, that?s a number we can only expect to increase.

However, when it comes to one of the biggest threats to modern business – cybercrime – remote workers may offer a thorn in the side of security-minded business leaders.

This doesn?t have to be the case, however. Keep reading to learn tips on how to keep your remote workers safe and effective, regardless of where they call their workspace.

Utilize New Tools like VPN Systems

VPNs, or virtualized private networks, may not be a ?new tool? per say, but they are one of the most common and functional for remote workers.

In short, a VPN is like an informational bridge between an employee?s computer and your organization’s network. With sophisticated encryption they can log in and access the information on your organization?s server from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection, and you can rest assured prying eyes won?t have access to what they?re viewing.

Utilizing VPNs for remote workers allows them the access they need to your servers and data as if they were in the building, and are one of the most important tools for a successful remote workforce.

Keep Everything Updated and Secure and Employees Well-Versed in Cybersecurity Best Practices?

When you?re working with a remote or mobile workforce, the ability to ensure IT maintenance is regular and effective is significantly more difficult. Not having your employees onsite means any IT maintenance is going to become increasingly difficult to ensure as it?s going to require employees to come onsite or IT professionals to travel.

That?s why having your employees well-versed on the importance of keeping their machines up-to-date can go a long way in keeping security a priority when workers are remote. Having updates automated, and employees educated on the trends and requirements of cybersecurity to know to accept an update and not just put it off indefinitely, will keep devices and machines secure and help mitigate the risk of remote workers allowing unwanted cyber trespassers into your networks.

And that employee education goes beyond just updates too – having employees trained on proper cybersecurity best practices should be a foundational step in training, and can go a long way in reducing the risk of data being accessed or stolen by unwanted visitors.

Enlist the Help of Seasoned Professionals?

If handling remote worker IT requirements seems like a lot to handle for a small-or-medium-sized business owner, you?re not alone. For many business leaders IT and cybersecurity is a priority that doesn?t even make it onto page one of a to-do list – and many of those busy leadership teams look towards outside help to handle their IT and cybersecurity needs.

Working with a local IT consultancy like NENS to handle the IT and security needs of your organization – or even just remote workers – is choosing to have certified professionals handle some of the most sensitive technology your organization is going to use. There?s no second guessing or concern getting things done when you work with an IT consultancy – every job is handled by professionals in a timely fashion, and it makes security and IT maintenance one more thing you can check of your to-do list.

Give us a call today to learn more about the services we offer organizations of all sizes – and how we can help keep your remote workers as safe and efficient as the onsite workers you see every day.