Virtual Distancing is the new normal for many small businesses. Your staff working makes sense for safety and cost efficiency, but you've got to do it right.
Security, responsiveness of remote resources, and proper asset management are all key to maintaining your remote, or "virtually distanced" workforce.
Renascence IT Consulting is here to help with helping your team to virtually distance!
There are many reasons small to medium-sized businesses embrace remote work. For one, it saves on costs, reducing the overhead of office space and utilities. Studies show, too, that remote workers are often more productive, perform higher quality work, are better engaged with their workplace, and more likely to stay on board with their company.
The benefits of flexible workplaces are clear, but there are also challenges to remote work, cybersecurity being one of the top concerns. When every employee is on-site, it is easier to set up secure infrastructure and monitor for potential problems.
Identifying and Mitigating Risk
Remote work cybersecurity depends on understanding risk and lowering or mitigating it. Our team always completes an assessment of your cybersecurity risks and vulnerability, uncovering weak areas and potential loopholes so we can provide the right solutions.
We test your network ourselves, actively finding security flaws. Using tools and our manual testing, we will show you which areas of your network, devices, and applications need attention from our team, before you get the wrong kind of attention from hackers. Because we have assessed risks and vulnerabilities, we know which areas to prioritize so we do not waste your time and resources testing low-risk areas.
With this information, we can customize cybersecurity solutions to your needs and your specific network and employee structure. It’s far better for our team to find the risks and errors in your cybersecurity than it is for a malicious actor to take advantage of loopholes.
While it makes sense to undergo an assessment and testing when you are first investing in remote work cybersecurity services, it is also a good idea to regularly assess and test for vulnerabilities and security issues. Ongoing testing gives you data to see how your security is improving while continually working to identify potential new problematic areas.
Shared Cybersecurity Standards
Your cybersecurity standards in the office are in your control and ideally set up to be as strong as possible. When you have remote workers and/or employees in multiple locations, ensuring those strict standards can become difficult. Home WI-FI security at an employee’s residence, for example, usually comes with weaker protocols and poor password practices, which can give hackers and other attackers access to your business information.
A large part of our remote work cybersecurity services is to ensure shared security standards, wherever your employees may be. Our services make every device as secure as the infrastructure in an office building, configured to protect sensitive information and company privacy consistently.
Employee Training and Awareness
Even with the best remote work cybersecurity infrastructure in place, there is a human component to security that cannot be ignored. Employee training done remotely looks different than bringing everyone into a board room for an information session, but we are here to make it happen. Your staff need the right information and practice to adhere to cybersecurity protocols and processes, and we can deliver that information remotely.
With employee awareness, your staff acts as another barrier against attacks, alerting the company to potential threats, ensuring strong passwords, and avoiding common security scams like phishing. As part of our ongoing risk assessment and monitoring, we can evaluate security awareness within the organization and provide consistent, progressive training opportunities.
Updating Information, Permissions and Applications
It is unfortunately far too easy to accidentally allow entrance points for cybercriminals through laziness or negligence. Every time an employee hits the ignore button on a scheduled update, when permissions remain unchanged when an employee changes roles or leaves their job, or if someone installs an app without letting IT know, your data and information are at risk.
This is a problem in the office and when working remotely, but in the office, it can be easier to regulate these updates. We will work with your company to ensure all updates are put into place right away, and that apps and software are approved before installation. We can handle this remotely or give your IT team the infrastructure needed to monitor and access devices remotely.
Remote Work Cybersecurity on the Cloud
Remote work often comes with cloud-based environments and services, which call for secure implementations. The combination of various cloud services, or a public and private cloud hybrid, also poses challenges as your security should be consistent across all clouds and infrastructure.
We understand that there are many components to working on the cloud, and we will work with you to assess implementations and address any security issues we find. We can centralize cloud security, so even if you have various services and apps in place, you can easily and efficiently handle cybersecurity.
Remote Work Cybersecurity Incident Response
The best remote work cybersecurity is proactive, with vigilance against breaches and threats. However, an incident response plan is vital to business success and is part of being proactive. With our cybersecurity incident response services, you can rest assured that if a threat or breach does break through your systems, you have a plan and a team at the ready, instead of scrambling to figure out what to do next.
We will work quickly to identify the issue, isolate and protect your valuable information, and remediate the problem, minimizing lost revenue and lost integrity. After the immediate incident response, we will audit and test the systems to help defend against future problems.
There is a lot that goes into strong remote work cybersecurity practices. However, you do not have to navigate all of the challenges of remote security alone. With our expertise and knowledge, you can focus on business and leave the cybersecurity to us.
To learn more about our remote work cybersecurity services or to talk about your specific needs, get in touch with our team today. Contact us online, call us at 510-552-6896, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.