How to Prepare Employees for At-Home IT Security

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With so much business happening from the couch or the kitchen table, IT security may seem like a long-gone daydream--but the good news is that even from home, you can help prepare your employees to help protect themselves, their data, and the company at large. Here's what you need to know!

A Team Effort

Like many things in the business world, IT security can't be done with one set of hands. Instead, it relies on everyone in your company working together toward the common goal of staying safe and savvy in an increasingly technological world--for example, with the help of managed IT services .

But what happens when that world gets turned upside-down? When your team is scattered across town or all across the globe, working from home in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns. Does IT security become impossible?

The simple answer is no.

Hackers and other digital bad-guys don't take time off due to the pandemic, so neither can your IT security. Instead, you have to take a few extra steps to rewrite the narrative and get employees involved in at-home security measures that will benefit everyone.

What you can do

  • Educate.

One of your biggest responsibilities right now is to make sure employees are aware of all the latest scams, specifically targeting remote workers. For example, COVID-themed phishing scams are on the rise--and if your teams don't know what to look for, they could fall prey to these clever traps.

  • Communicate.

Make communication a priority between yourself and remote workers as well as between teams. Keep everyone "in the loop" and sufficiently connected--not just for IT security purposes, but for mental and emotional health as well.

  • Manage.

Keep track of personal devices used to access your data, apps used to communicate, and all the creative solutions employees have created for at-home challenges. Human error is a massive element in IT security--but a little vigilance goes a long way.

What they can do

  • Prepare.

Employees can create secure, reliable workspaces for at-home tasks by setting passwords, updating firewalls, and using secure networks.

  • Be aware.

Your employees should be even more careful when working from home. IT security may look different when you're sitting on your couch, but that doesn't mean it has come to a halt!

Worried about IT security while working from home? Contact us today for all the help you need!