As more and more companies embrace remote working for their teams due to current world circumstances, the opportunity for those seeking to hack and infiltrate the security of businesses has also increased. Now more than ever it’s important to foster a culture of security amongst your company’s remote workforce who may be connecting to your network infrastructure from unsecured locations.
Here we’ll discuss ways in which you as a team leader can create a safe working environment for your workers when it comes to remote working, protecting your organisation from unwanted access and hacks.
Highlight the risks in dedicated sessions
Far too often computer security is mentioned to employees in a casual manner, telling them the basics which they already know such as not clicking links in suspicious emails. However, it is important to hammer home in a specialised lesson to your remote workers the importance of security and how it can impact your business.
It doesn’t have to be a long and boring course, but getting your employees to understand on a deeper level the various aspects of cyber security will cement in their minds that when they connect to your workplace remotely that there should be a certain level of awareness, and protocols to follow. Mitigating the risk of malware and phishing attacks is highly important, especially if your company is dealing with sensitive data.
These sessions should be delivered by a dedicated cyber security expert either within your own company or brought in specifically for the task of team security training, and should extend to all member of the team, right up to the director who may not be aware of all the risks, especially with their high level of security clearance within the organisation.
Motivate your employees to engage with security procedures
As well as making sure that your organisation’s network is protected from a cyber-attack, employees should be given broader advice on a personal perspective, so that it is in their minds when it comes to their own dealings with the internet.
Teach them how to be safe for themselves online to protect their own accounts and finances, so when it comes to your company they are already in the mindset of things they should, and should not, be doing to maintain their online security.
This all-rounded approach will benefit your employees, and maintaining cyber security within your business should not be a chore, but just something a responsible person does without questioning. Tying the two together gives the employee the knowledge they need to act responsibly whether they’re at work or at home, giving you a peace of mind that steps are being taken to secure your business.
Create appropriate security documentation
Each company is different, and as such requires a different set of security documents relating to keeping your business secure from cyber threats. Whether you create a specific set of documents for onboarding that are relevant to the threats your company faces, or whether you have a more generic set of protocols that everyone should follow, having things down in writing and accessible to the workforce, both in the workplace and at home, will keep everyone on the same page.
It can also be referred back to if the employee is not certain, or maybe make your IT expert’s details readily available so they can be contacted should the team need cyber security clarification.
Here at Source Technology, we are well aware of the unique risks posed to workforces employed remotely as flexible working becomes more widespread, and following the above tips will ensure that you have a cyber-literate team who take security seriously and are equipped with the proper tools to behave responsibly when working for your company, either at home or in the workplace.