Over recent years, an increasing amount of businesses have begun to favour the freedom and flexibility that comes with working on the go. It alleviates stress, improves efficiency and lowers costs. But what are the security implications of allowing your employees remote access into your network
What do you need to work on the go?
Allowing remote access into your network can be a great way to optimise efficiency and lower costs when it is done right. Working remotely grants businesses far greater freedom and flexibility, often resulting in boosted levels of productivity and employee satisfaction. This comes at a cost however, as allowing employees the means to access your network remotely introduces a range of security risks, if not managed properly.
Without the proper framework in place, a remote access system can introduce a range of potential flaws in your businesses security. If you are not careful to protect yourself and do not utilise the necessary security procedures, something as simple as an employee accidentally leaving a device on a bus or a train could allow a stranger access to your most secure business data.
If you want to work on the go, you’re going to need access into your business network. This is so you can access the files and resources required to maintain communication and optimise efficiency. By creating a means to access your network remotely, you are also opening yourself up to the potential for an attack however, so it is important to ensure that you are using a secure connection and you have the proper security protocols in place.
So how can you ensure high security levels even when working on-the-go? If you are considering implementing a remote working policy or want the ability to access your network from outside of the office, it is crucial to ensure that you are not making yourself vulnerable. One of the most effective ways to tackle some of these problems is to introduce a secure encryption system on your data, requiring a key or password to access the shared network. Companies should also ensure that every device with access to this network is fitted with up-to-date, robust security software to protect against the threat of malware and viruses and reduce the chances of the device being used as a pressure point to gain access to your data.
Simple Security Tips
Regardless of your businesses size, industry and remote access policy, these simple security tips can ensure that you avoid the most common vulnerabilities. Here are some of the easiest ways to protect yourself when working on-the-go:
- Device Security – Ensure that every device with access to your network is installed with the latest robust cyber security software, this will help protect the device from hacking attempts, malware, viruses and ransomware.
- Secure Networks – Public networks like the wireless hotspot at the local coffee shop might seem like a convenient way to get work done, but they can be incredibly insecure and any sharing confidential or secure data over a public network can put you at risk.
- Passwords and Encryptions – Make sure that everything is password protected, every device, network, file and account that contains any confidential data should be password protected. It’s important to ensure that these are as complex and secure as possible, passwords consisting of names, common sequences of numbers or letters such as ‘qwerty’, ‘123456’ or ‘password’ are often the first that outsiders try to gain access to your network will guess. Try to combine upper case and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
To discover how help4IT can ensure the security of your network and remote devices, take a look at our Security and Disaster Recovery page here or speak to one of our experts by calling 0800 043 4448.