Staying cyber safe at home

With many workforces working from home in the current situation, many business owners/directors have realised how well some staff members are able to do their jobs remotely.

It can be very beneficial to staff by helping them with productivity, morale, expenses and carbon-footprint to name just a few, and many businesses may now be considering making it a permanent solution.

With these advantages, also come many considerations such as cyber security, GDPR, virus protection, backups and disaster recovery. 

There is no doubt that cyber attacks will continue to hit businesses, but technology can also be used to help detect threats. 

For example, many firms are already using techniques that take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine-learning.

Tools based on these technologies can monitor employees’ behavioural patterns and pick up abnormalities, such as a change in the time they log into systems, to alert firms that they may be under attack.

Users of information systems are the first line of defence.

We often hear users are the weakest link, but the users of the information systems are the first line of defence. They need to be aware of procedures and processes, and what part they play. 

The system will be vulnerable and threat actors will try to manipulate users, so it is imperative companies train their employees to be able to identify and nullify security threats.

By educating staff and putting up multiple layers of defence including firewalls, mail filtering, web content filtering, endpoint protection and remote monitoring tools, there is no reason why having remote workers needs to make your system any less secure. Get ready, adapt and thrive.

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