Cyber Security in the Corona Crisis: 5 tips for safe distance job
During the Corona virus, many companies faced the need to allow their employees work from home. In the face of this “runaway from the office”, maintaining cybersecurity in the home office is a major issue.
Problems for home office work
Worldwide, 50% of employees work outside of their head office. And the Covid-19 is the reason.
We’d like to present you with five steps to ensure the cybersecurity of home office workplaces during the Corona Crisis:
1. Be sure that your cybersecurity policy is up to date and includes work from home.
2. Make sure you have an up-to-date cyber security policy during the Corona crisis that includes working from a distance. Strong security policies may already exist, but it is important to check them out and make sure that they are right if your organization starts allowing more people to work from home than in the office. Security policies should include managing distant workplace access, using personal devices and up-to-date privacy policies for employee access to documents and other information. It is also important to consider the growing use of shadow IT and cloud technologies.
3. Plan to connect devices to your organization. Personal devices should have the same level of security as company owned devices, with additional privacy implications when employee owned devices are connected to the corporate network.
4. Confidential data can be accessed through unsecured WiFi networks. This means that employees who work from home can access private business data over home WLANs whose security management tools, such as firewalls, aren’t like those in normal offices. Since there will be more opportunities to access from distant locations, data protection should be given more attention.
5. Crisis management and reaction plans should be implemented by a decentralized working group. An incident in the area of cybersecurity, which happens when an organization is already operating outside normal conditions, has a higher potential for exiting control. Effective tools for distance collaboration, including conference applications, messaging platforms and productivity applications, can allow a geographically distant team to create a ‘virtual workroom’ from which to perform monitoring.
Cyber Security during the Corona crisis: solutions for changing home offices
Below are some of the functions that can be offered to ensure quick changeovers and security when employees move to the home office:
1. Cloud scalability and economic efficiency: an architecture designed from the ground up for the cloud adapts to customer needs and provides storage and power for real-time protection, no matter where your employees connect.
2. The highest level of security, no matter where your employees are located: a security system coming 100% from the cloud guarantees that you can protect any work environment anywhere, including work tasks outside the firewall and even when they are offline. You can also provide real-time security with maximum efficiency, as well as status of compliance information. Looking for threats on any device, especially offline, is important. This can only be achieved with your own cloud solution, as data is immediately available from anywhere.
3. It is very important that any device that connects to the network is totally visible, no matter where it is connected from.
The issue of cybersecurity during the Coronavirus crisis is likely to be with us for a long time. Organizations and their staff will be forced to make quick and serious decisions, and one such decision is the ability to use distant workplaces. There are risks involved in quickly achieving this goal, but the security of your networks, devices and data should not be among those risks.