With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, employers are scrambling to adapt their operations to accommodate a remote workforce. In line with measures to protect ourselves, our families, our loved ones and our communities from the spread of this devastating virus, we must work hard to protect our remote workers from security breaches that could compromise data, shut down systems and tank revenue. Here are some cybersecurity solutions that SOL-I.S. recommends for your remote workforce:
- Enact perimeter gateway security: Protect your employees and company data regardless of employee location or which devices they’re using. A secure web gateway also protects users when they access the internet through the web and through web-based applications. An internet provider modem only provides basic firewall functionality. We recommend you contact your managed service provider and implement a business-class firewall with subscription-based security services.
- Enact endpoint security: Ward off malware which can result in excessive server downtime and a hefty financial hit. Make sure all computers on your network run up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software. Work with your managed service provider for a managed solution.
- Teach employees to be discerning with their email accounts: There are many methods of delivery for email attacks. Malicious attachments, links to malicious websites and enticements to perform transactions can all enter through your inbox. Implement 2-factor authentication and obtain services that scan email prior to delivery (SEG). Cloud email such as G-Suite or Office 365 for Business comes with these protective services. Also, encourage employees to choose strong passwords for their accounts and change them frequently. 81% of breaches from hacking tactics leverage either weak or stolen passwords.
- Stay up to speed on the latest cyber-attack methods and trends: We must come together now, more than ever. Sadly, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the chaotic situation in our world and phishing, or mimicking some of our most important information sources. Be particularly watchful for emails from the CDC, WHO and U.S. Department of Human Services. If you are suspicious that an email you receive is spam, run an internet search and see if other people are reporting that specific email. You can also contact your managed service provider who will tell you how to proceed.
Working with a managed IT provider can keep your business running securely and smoothly at all times. We can help you prepare against cyber attacks with our Security & Awareness Training and Dark Web Monitoring Services. If you want to talk more about how you can put cybersecurity solutions in place for your remote workers or if you have additional questions, give us a call at 952.279.2424. You don’t have to navigate these new waters alone. SOL-I.S. is here for you!