5 Ways to Promote Security in a Hybrid Workplace

Oct 1, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many workplaces were forced to adopt a work from home policy. But with a slow shift back to “normal,” these same companies are now implementing a hybrid style workplace.

Many businesses realized that going into the office each day wasn’t a necessary piece of the puzzle when it came to both profit and productivity. Though some are requiring their employees to come back into the office full-time, and some to continue working from home full-time, a third sector of companies are sticking to this half in, half out formula.

With this type of workplace comes an entirely new set of cyber security issues. If your organization has shifted into a hybrid model of work, you’ll want to make note of the ways in which you can promote security moving forward.

 

Use a VPN

If you’re not already, you’ll want to start using a virtual private network (VPN). This type of network protects your data and information by extending a private network across a public internet connection.

Basically, your team can access the internet without having hackers on public networks trace their whereabouts. Public networks are breeding grounds for hackers looking to steal information and take over accounts.

VPNs are key if your team members are working in public areas, sharing a wireless network with others, or using an open WiFi connection. According to Norton, VPN services establish secure and encrypted connections to provide greater privacy than even a secured Wi-Fi hotspot.

When you’re not in the office, you’ll need to do all that you can to ensure your network is secure. A VPN can help both you and your employees do just that.

 

Use Multi-Factor Authentication

If you haven’t already, take a look at our blog post detailing the benefits of multi-factor authentication (MFA). This security measure is both easy to implement and effective at keeping cybercriminals away from your data and information.

MFA adds an additional layer to your accounts, requiring a one-time code users need to enter to get into their account, typically sent to their mobile device. Instead of hackers needing just a password, this code makes it much tougher for them to access your accounts.

Extra security steps such as MFA should not only be in place when you’re working from home but when you’re in the office as well. 

 

Try the Zero Trust Model

Zero Trust is a concept that aims to improve cyber security and prevent data breaches in the workplace. Essentially, trusting no one limits who has access to certain information, keeping things secure and under wraps.

You can adopt this policy by not sharing passwords or login information among employees, especially over email, video chat, or instant messages. Writing passwords down is also a no-go, as they may be accidentally left in a public space.

By implementing Zero Trust, you can be more intentional about who has access to what. Only share information with those who absolutely need it to do their job.

 

Train Your Employees

In order to prevent attacks on your employees, they need to know what they’re up against. The best way to do this? Security trainings and consistent cyber security updates.

Communication is key in protecting your workforce, so make sure your company is proactive about letting team members know how to be smart when it comes to cyber security.

Your IT partner should have a strong relationship with your HR department in order to educate employees from the moment they’re hired. Before anyone logs into a network, they should have a solid understanding of common cyber threats.

Many organizations also develop a rewards system when it comes to those who practice good cyber security habits. When you make security a priority and celebrate those who do the same, it makes it easier for employees to take things seriously.

 

Secure Your Devices

It might go without saying, but you’d be surprised at the number of organizations that fail to secure their actual devices. Passcode protection, regular updates, cloud backup, and more are absolutely essential when it comes to cyber security.

No matter where your employees are working, you’ll want to make sure their devices are secure and updated regularly. Make it clear that should anyone experience anything suspicious, they should bring it directly to your IT partner.

If you’re looking to start taking cyber security seriously, send us a message today. We’ll answer your questions and make sure a data breach is no longer something you need to worry about!

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