It’s a new year, so you might have a few resolutions for your small business. And if it’s not on your list, adding ways to boost remote workforce security should definitely be included.
If 2020 taught us one thing it is that things are always changing, and one of the biggest changes for many small businesses has been the shift to a remote workforce. Meaning, if you didn’t prioritize remote workforce security in the past, 2021 is the year to tie up these loose ends.
As we always say, IT isn’t expensive – but IT disasters are. And a security breech could be devastating for your small business – and remote workers can mean you are more vulnerable.
So, what can you do? Here are three things to boots remote workforce security. Read on:
You’ve probably heard of firewalls – and maybe you have them. But do all your remote workers have properly installed firewalls that they are regularly maintaining and updating? If the answer is no, you are leaving your office network vulnerable, as your workers are accessing your system on their home networks and likely on their personal devices. Which, we’ve learned from experience, are generally not as secure as they need to be.
What exactly IS endpoint protection? Great question. Basically, it’s antivirus and antimalware that is an extra layer of protection and security for your network – particularly as it relates to employees utilizing their personal devices from home to connect to work resources. If you don’t have it, now is the time to make that investment.
A VPN, or virtual private network, is how many remote workers connect to their employer’s computer system. Generally, these are secure and a great way for employees to work safely at home. Utilizing VPN connectivity to make secure connections from remote workers to your small business office networks should definitely be a focus in 2021, if you plan to keep part or all of your workforce remote.
If you have questions about how ways to boost remote workforce security in your small business, we can help. Contact us today!