What Are the Most Common Remote Work Security Risks? — Andy Sto

Top 6 remote work security risks

1. Accessing company data using unsecured internet networks

2. Using personal computers for work and personal business

3. The risk of physical theft

4. Weak security passwords

5. Sharing files that aren’t encrypted

6. Phishing and email scams

How to keep your company safe from security risks

Providing staff with remote work security training

Securing company infrastructure and software

Establishing a remote work security policy

  • Clearly define which types of job roles can work remotely. There may be certain roles that, for security purposes, need to be fulfilled in-office.
  • Create a specified list of cyber security tools, software and apps that employees should be using and which ones they may not use. This includes which video conferencing apps and software they can use, and where to store company data.
  • Make it very clear what the process is for when an employee thinks their account may have been compromised or hacked.
  • The policy may even require all staff working remotely to ensure that sensitive company information (whether stored on devices or other formats), must be stored in lockable cabinets or desks that are burglar-resistant. This may help ensure that when devices aren’t being used, that they are not susceptible to theft.
  • Companies can also detail what should happen to the information that needs to be disposed of — for example by requiring paper shredding for printed documents.
  • The company remote work policy should also make it clear what the implications are for a breach, violation or non-compliance with any of the terms.

Final thoughts on remote working security tips

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Andy Sto

Andy Sto

Digital Nomad focused in #remotework and #digitalnomadism