The modern workplace looks a lot different than it did 50 years ago. Today, most workers in the US are tethered to their computers or mobile devices – not large machines or corporate offices – to do their jobs. For the most part, many employees can get their work done from just about anywhere thanks to the increased interconnectedness of modern technology. And with this increased digital freedom has come the birth of the remote employee.
Chances are you have at least one remote employee in your office. Or, perhaps your entire workforce is remote. Regardless, proper network security for your remote employees is just as important as a secure network within your office building; otherwise you could be risking massive security breaches for your remote employees and corporate headquarters.
1. Virtualized Private Networks
Virtualized Private Networks, or VPN’s, are the de-facto of modern remote security. A VPN is a way of creating a secure connection between your employee and your work network. Think of it like an underground access tunnel; it gives them direct access, but protects against from other intruders who may want a direct line into your network and provides a layer of anonymity from curious hackers.
VPN’s are a great option for remote employees who need to access critical information from your network which could otherwise be too sensitive to send over unencrypted pathways. However, not all VPN solutions are created equal. When searching for a VPN provider, it’s important to research the provider’s sharing of data user data to third parties, security protocols, and any use cases of VPN failure to ensure you’re paying for the security you deserve.
- Implement Company-Wide Security Protocols
Just because your employees are working remote doesn’t mean they don’t need IT expertise. It also means they still need to be properly trained on how to protect their data as if they were in the office.
One of the most effective ways to ensure your remote employees are keeping their data safe is to implement company-wide security protocols. This could be mandatory anti-malware and firewall programs installed that your IT experts have a handle on (and can update as they see fit), implementing safe password best practices across all employees and mandatory password change requirements at regular intervals, and basic web security “hygiene” to ensure they’re aware of what not to do on the internet to get their data stolen.
- Mandate Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions
It doesn’t matter whether what field you’re in, where your employees are located, or how secure you think your networks are, attempted breaches are going to happen. What draws the line between a successful cyber disaster and a minor cyber-attack is how well your employees handle the threat as it’s happening.
Being prepared with cloud backups of pivotal data ensures that, if your data is lost or stolen, your organization can get back to work quickly. And implementing and training employees on disaster recovery situations, such as how to handle a massive hack or data dump, can ensure that everyone is well-prepared to get the organization back on its feet after a massive attack.
Training remote employees on these best practices may be a little more difficult if they’re not in-house, but it’s vital to your organization’s safety. Having remote employees trained and ready on “what to do” when data is breached or compromised means they may be able to help stop an attack on their or your network before it ever blossoms into a cyber disaster.
- Get Expert Training
All of the best practices above have one thing in common – you need experienced professionals to implement or train your employees to ensure they go according to plan. Getting the right training can be the difference between having a safe remote workforce or having a remote workforce that bleeds data daily.
Whether you’re looking for professional training, IT security installation, or just security expertise for your remote employees, NENs is the Boston IT provider local businesses turn to for improved network security for inhouse and remote employees. Give us a call today to set up the safety practices and protocols your remote employees need to stay secure.