- Created: Monday, 11 May 2020
- Written by Ella Coles
The last couple of months has seen a rush, if not a stampede to work from home, following the guidelines and reducing the impact of COVID-19. However this needs to be done in a safe manner that does not not expose your business to increased security risks. It is important to remain compliant with legislation such as GDPR and PCI whatever the circumstances.
Some points to consider when allowing staff to work remotely
- Secure their logons
Implement Multi Factor Authentication (MFA or 2FA). A strong password on it’s own isn’t enough. Multi factor involves an extra security step, such as an SMS or app on a phone, or biometric method such as fingerprint or facial recognition.
- Encrypt their connection
When users connect to your office, deploy an encrypted VPN connection. This ensures the connection between their computer and your servers is secure and the data transferred cannot be intercepted. When using cloud services make sure they use secure HTTPS connections.
- Manage their devices
Deploy Mobile Device Management (MDM). An MDM system will allow you to monitor, manage and secure laptops, smartphones and similar devices. If a device is lost or stolen it can be locked or wiped remotely.
- Protect their devices
Have a firewall that is enabled and configured correctly on the device, and use Antimalware Software that is updated and monitored.
- Secure your business data
Encrypt hard drives and USB drives with a technology such as Bitlocker, arrange for data to be securely backed up, and have your staff aware that they should only save data in secure locations for compliance with relevant legislation such as GDPR and PCI.
This is where telanova can help, we have enabled our customers to work remotely and safely by implementing best practices and secure technologies appropriate to their needs. Would you like us to secure your home working setup? Contact us now.