Remote working has been rising over the past few years, with flexible working becoming the norm as an incentive for new employees. Taking this into consideration also means thinking about the impacts this can have on the business in general but more specifically the security involved. Here are some considerations to make when offering mobile working for employees.
Flexibility for staff and employers
One of the main benefits of remote or mobile working is the flexibility that it offers employees and employers alike. For example, employers can have a hot-desk policy and a certain number of staff in the office at any given time, which can save costs of requiring more space. Security considerations will therefore change too, since staff members may be using shared PCs or their own devices, and it is essential to ensure the correct levels of security across all of these.
Security across devices
Employees using their own laptops and mobile devices for work should have sufficient levels of security to ensure they are fully compliant with UK Data Protection regulations. Different passwords and permissions should be deployed across shared devices to limit access to certain information that is only required to be accessible by specific members of staff.
Knowledge and training
Many companies will choose to allow employees to use their own devices to save costs and increase ease of use. One thing that can prevent secure information being compromised is training employees in working security – whether this is ensuring they use passwords, don’t open emails that are likely to be viruses or scans, and implementing encryption for files in the instance that their device is stolen or lost.
Backing up data
Backing up your data is an important part of your security as well as your RTO time should downtime or a data breach occur. Cloud technology makes it possible to recover data centrally through an off-site server, so putting processes in place to ensure that your employees only use the agreed storage methods and not other third party options is essential to being able to manage your security fully in house.
To discover more about mobile working and how you can maintain the highest levels of security, please give help4IT a call today on 0800 043 4448 to speak to one of our experts.