Remote working has changed how data is handled: is your business safe?

Remote working has changed how data is handled: is your business safe? 1014 1520 Timewade

As remote working continues to be encouraged by the government, corporate data policies may need to be refreshed to ensure your business is safe.

In this blog, Timewade’s Julian Wills draws on research by Trend Micro, the leader in cloud security, to update you on the latest cybersecurity threats and what your business should be doing to stay safe. 

The Head in the Clouds’ research by Trend Micro surveyed more than 13,000 remote workers across 27 countries to identify a number of threats. We provide advice on how your business can ensure remote workers are working as safely as possible. 

What are the threats?

Personal devices

The research found that 39% of employees are accessing corporate data on their own personal devices, often via services and applications hosted in the cloud. 

These personal smartphones, tablets and laptops may be less secure than corporate equivalents, in fact, a staggering 36% of remote workers surveyed said that they do not have basic password protection on all personal devices, presenting a major ‘weak link’ in cybersecurity with many remote workers unaware of the security risks associated with using personal devices.

Home networks

70% of global remote workers are connecting corporate laptops to the home network. Although these devices are likely to be more secure than personal devices, there is still a risk to corporate data and systems if users install unapproved applications.

The Internet of Things

More than half of global remote workers have Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to their home network, with 10% using less well-known brands. Many of these devices, especially less-well known brands have well-documented weaknesses which put businesses at increased risk. 

Returning to the Office

As well as ‘at home’ risks, there is risk presented as some businesses return to the office. If unsecure personal devices, which may have picked up malware infections, are brought back into the office business data is put under threat.

What is the solution?

Best practice

When lockdown struck, we quickly moved our clients to remote working, and have since worked with our clients to reappraise the security solutions they offer to employees using home networks to access corporate information to ensure that they are following best practice. 

Company policy

Remote workers should be made aware of the latest ‘Corporate Security Policy’ to ensure compliance, and existing corporate security policy may need to be refreshed to recognise the latest cyber threats. 

Moving to the Cloud

We support businesses as they move to a cloud-based security model, which we recommend to alleviate many of the risks presented by remote working. Discover more about the Cloud and its benefits here.

Training

As mass remote working continues to blur the lines between personal and company devices, data is put at greater risk from cyber attacks. It is more vital than ever that individuals take responsibility for their cyber security and that organisations regularly educate their employees on best practices. We conduct cyber security training with all of our clients to ensure awareness of the latest threats and to help reduce the risk of security threats. 

You can discover more about Cyber Security across a dispersed workforce in our previous blog

At Timewade, we work with a range of clients across a range of sectors, the threat of cyber scams is constantly changing and impacts all business sizes and sectors, please contact the team at Timewade for advice and support on keeping your business safe.

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