Many companies that have permitted their workforce to start working from home have needed to confront a new set of challenges regarding cybersecurity. Without direct control over individual employees’ workstations, it’s more difficult to apply uniform security policies. Vulnerabilities on individuals’ personal computers and devices may now pose security risks to companies. Businesses may need to adapt their cybersecurity initiatives to address a new element of risk.
Viruses and Malware
When employees are working from home, their computers may leave your company’s network susceptible to security breaches. Viruses or malware on a personal computer could create a breach affecting your company’s network, leaving its private information up for grabs. A good course of action is to provide employees with an effective antivirus program to use on their personal computers.
Email Fraud Phishing
With everyone communicating over email more frequently, there’s a greater possibility that a security breach could occur via email. Emails that appear to originate from an existing contact could in fact be fraudulent. Responding to a fraudulent email with sensitive information or downloading a harmful attachment could result in a serious problem. Train staff on how to recognize suspicious emails. It may also be advisable to start using encrypted email for some messages.
Ultimately, utilizing new software and enforcing new policies will help shield your company from a cybersecurity breach.