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Teleworking is here to stay

Posted by Sylvain Labrecque, BGR Informatique 23-09-2020 03:26 PM

Many employers have implemented teleworking since last March, a new reality that comes with its share of justifiable cybersecurity concerns. Does your company allow employees to work from home? Below, you’ll find an overview of the issues to consider while implementing best practices around operational security.

First, let’s talk about hardware. Are your employees adequately equipped? As part of their duties, each employee who works from home should use hardware supplied by the company or work via a virtual office portal. When corporate computers are used for teleworking purposes, work should be avoided on a personal computer. Always keep in mind that sensitive data is easier to hack when it is on a personal computer, as such data is generally less secure.

Next, it is essential to use software tailored to the needs of SMBs. Many solutions exist on the market, but those offered free of charge to individuals shouldn’t be used for corporate purposes, because the protection they provide is often insufficient.

A host of connectivity practices have become must-haves, regardless of the type of infrastructure you have. If you aren’t fully operational in terms of cloud computing, then you probably have a hybrid infrastructure, a very common situation. In such a case, you must use the best identification methods for each infrastructure. For access to local servers, be sure to use a secure VPN connection. For cloud computing applications, two-factor authentication (by text, email or third-party authentication application) is the best option. In all cases, the use of complex passwords is strongly recommended. But these are only some of the best practices you need to implement. This is where involving a local Millenium Micro affiliated reseller becomes the right option.

No matter how powerful and efficient your hardware and software are, they’ll be useless if your employees use them carelessly. That’s why it’s so important to train every company employee properly on best organizational practices and to have a clear and strict policy on the use of technology in the workplace. Employers are responsible for providing such training.