There has been so much disruption for businesses as a result of the pandemic, so business leaders have rightly been focused on crisis management and steering their way through to recovery in their markets.
As we climatise back to some resemblance of normality, businesses are focusing on their operations, however this has resulted in a key area of consideration being overlooked; protection of data, assets and reputation whilst you establish the way your teams are now working.
Some businesses may be considering allowing their teams to work fully remotely with no return to the office, or more likely, you may be supporting a combination of working from home and in the office, allowing a ‘hybrid’ work pattern. This means that considering your businesses cyber security will be even more important and form an integral part of the plan in your overall operations.
Cyber Security should be at the core of all your business planning for a post-pandemic team. Many companies have come to realise the importance of providing a secure and safe environment and now many are realising how their teams are compromised on their home networks which are capable of malicious attacks remotely.
These concerns in Cyber security are well founded. Forbes noted recently that 88% of companies across the world, had experienced phishing attempts in 2019 and 68% of leaders feel that Cyber Security risks are on the increase. So, there are critical considerations that business leaders have for a post pandemic world.
The working world is now hybrid
Hybrid working is now a flexible working arrangement where employees are given the freedom to be in the office or working from home. However, this widely recognised change in the working environment accentuates the technology pitfalls within your business. So, whilst you may have had to consider the systems your teams are using, Cyber Security concerns should be at the core of all of this change.
A flexible, hybrid team adds complexities into the intricacies to your IT operations. Your data is vulnerable as your teams move between private home and office networks. So, if you IT solutions are outdated and your IT policies weak, then your business is already compromised.
Creating a secure hybrid workforce
It is imperative that your business now has to consider the implications to your cyber security so that you can protect your IT infrastructure. There is not one way to do this-your business is unique, so every business needs to reflect on your individual requirements and gaps in your IT policies and cyber solutions. However, there are some key things that you can implement immediately when building your cyber security plans:
Implement ID-management strategies:
Hybrid working creates greater issues for IT teams as your teams use their personal networks to connect to work related resources and use various digital tools to work. Some of this is impossible for your IT teams to manage which exposes many entry points for unauthorised users and security threats. Therefore, consider implementing Identity- management strategies to ensure that your teams can work within your business perimeters so that wherever they work, they are protected and secure from cyber attacks at all times
Do you have VPN?
A Virtual Private Network encrypt all the user’s data and is an imperative solution for your home working teams. VPN essentially creates a data tunnel from your office location to your employee’s location wherever they are and is the most practical solution to address any of your business cyber security concerns. This means your teams can access data in your office and retrieve it at home in a secure way without any compromise in security.
Promote Cyber Security in your business
To minimise risk in your data in a hybrid working environment, you should consider promoting a culture within your business, where your teams place cyber security at the forefront. Providing training raises awareness and reinforces your policy. Ultimately every level of job needs to consider security in the context of how, where and when their businesses operate. Especially as customers are demanding seamless interactions, you need to install frameworks that establish robust protection and cyber security principles within your teams.
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Forbes noted recently that 88% of companies across the world, had experienced phishing attempts in 2019 and 68% of leaders feel that Cyber Security risks are on the increase.