Giving your employees the option to work remotely is great on both ends. Employees love being able to stay home instead of tackling the commute, and employers enjoy cutting down on office costs and sourcing talent from all across the country.
Of course, IT security can sometimes suffer when staff are allowed to work remotely. Here are just 4 steps you can take to tighten things up.
- Use Mobile Device Management Systems
Mobile device management (MDM) programs allow you to take over the administration of mobile devices, including laptops and desktop computers, remotely. This means that you’ll be able to set strong password regulations and stipulate exactly how a device is used, or at least how the device is used when it is being used for business purposes. You’ll also be able to wipe the memory remotely or restrict access if a business device is ever lost or stolen.
- Ensure Up to Date Security
All devices used as part of your network should be properly protected by anti-virus software, firewalls, and encryption software. If your employees are working from home on their personal devices, those systems might not be used or not be up to scratch. Make sure devices have the latest security software, and opt for cloud-based programs that can be updated and managed remotely.
- Adopt Email Encryption
Email encryption used to be used almost solely by businesses that dealt with very sensitive data, such as those in the finance industry. However, it’s now becoming more popular with other companies, and it’s a good idea to think about email encryption if your employees work from home. After all, email is going to be one of the main ways you communicate, and those communications can serve as a useful backdoor for cyber criminals. Email encryption services make sure only you and the intended reader can read your messages.
- Install VPNs
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It can be used to encrypt a remote employee’s internet traffic, adding security patches and monitoring for signs of infection in the process. A VPN essentially forms your own business network, so users will be able to securely access the business intranet while outside the office itself.