Employees are the people on the front lines when it comes to your business and clients. Keeping things safe, sorted and secure.
But what happens when they become points of entry to attack your business?
With the pandemic and rise of widespread remote working, this is a risk that more businesses need to address.
Not only are employees likelier to be less thorough with cyber security practices at home than in the office, but also home offices lack the security measures built into a traditional office space.
Which is part of why we have seen a massive increase in cybercrime during the pandemic when we all were confined to our homes.
Employees working from home are subsequently vulnerable to hacking, phishing, ransomware and other threats. Even as the pandemic has lessened, these risks haven't changed.
Fortunately, your business can take steps to mitigate these risks.
In order to protect your employees and their systems, the most critical step is to invest in training your staff. Nurture a security first mindset in the people you work with every day, to protect them and your business. Clearly communicate your policies about security, and be strict about following them.
Ensure they are practising good password hygiene and have the right antivirus installed on their machine. Mandate the use of a company VPN, to ensure network traffic is encrypted and to avoid the weak security common for home networks.
Have all your employees set up multi factor authentication on their accounts and devices as a company policy. Check that your cybersecurity systems are as robust as they possibly can be.
And most importantly, seek expert advice whenever and wherever you can.