Ever since the start of 2020, businesses have been pushed to go digital and migrate to working from home. This presented many challenges with cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities in uncontrolled, personal, and public environments. Especially now that people are adopting a “work from anywhere” style, it makes it increasingly hard to protect digital footprints.
The best way to be proactive and combat cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities is to hire an experienced team. Advantis Global helps fortune 500 companies and federal departments find specialized talent to hire and assist in creating a secure work environment.
However, prior to hiring a team, it’s important to know what cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities your business may have to properly create a team and start being proactive. Here are some cybersecurity risks and tips from Aalap Parekh, IT Specialist at Advantis Global.
Company provided equipment is prone to damage if an employee is home. The equipment can be tampered with by another person or get damaged during transport. Any source of carelessness can result in losing or breaking laptops, monitors, etc.
Remote employees will be doing their work not just from their houses, but also from public places such as a library or a café. When doing so, any information they access is out in the open. All phone conversations can be heard as well. In-person businesses do not have to worry about that as their office will be secure and only employees will be present. Be sure to practice remote work cybersecurity best practices like the use of VPNs when employees are remote working.
Employees will attempt to use their personal devices for work and access company data. If any time the personal device is at risk, company data is as well.
If there is no VPN present, an employee can be on a network that is not protected by a password or a firewall. Any unprotected network can be accessed by an attacker, thus getting access to any company data and information.
Oftentimes, small businesses don’t have the budget to hire a full cybersecurity team to manage their IT, equipment, and digital footprint. But there are many ways a small business can take precautions without a large budget.
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