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Top Cybersecurity Tips for Your Employees to Stay Safe Online

An employee who works from home like this one (working from the comfort of her couch no less) will need a robust approach to cybersecurity.The pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, including how we work and operate our companies. Over the past two years, companies have become more reliant on technology and data, and employees have embraced the benefits of working from home

Today, nearly 45% of employees work remotely at least some of the time, nine-in-ten workers want to continue working from home, and most companies are transitioning towards a hybrid work model. These changes can undoubtedly benefit companies and employees alike, but they don’t come without a fair share of challenges. Among the greatest risks of the rise of online working is the sharp increase in cyberattacks.

Check out the best online safety tips to protect your company and your employees in this VisiCom Services guide.

Invest In Ad Hoc Cybersecurity Solutions

Remote work might have allowed millions of companies to continue operating during the pandemic, thus saving jobs and guaranteeing operations. Nonetheless, a company more reliant on online work and virtual communication requires some specific tools and processes. 

Some of the ones you need to invest in to enhance employee safety when they work online include:

  • Anti-malware software
  • Firewalls
  • Data backup solutions
  • Email protection systems
  • Multi-factor authentication

Additionally, partnering with a specialized virtual CIO can help you keep your company safe and efficient when transitioning towards a hybrid work model. 

Train and Educate Your Employees on Cyber Safety Practices

It is undeniable that your employees are your company’s greatest asset. However, since over 95% of cyberattacks and data breaches derive from human error, it is also easy to see how they can represent a significant risk. 

Luckily, you can manage this risk through training and education. Some best practices that your employees should follow when working online include:

  • Updates need to be installed as soon as they become available, as they can enhance the device’s security
  • Only downloading documents and files from reputable and trustworthy sources
  • Not clicking or opening unknown emails and pop-ups
  • Checking the safety and security of the Wi-Fi connection
  • Using data backup systems that allow data recovery in the case of a cyberattack
  • Using strong passwords that are easy to remember and difficult to hack
  • Often changing passwords and not sharing login details

According to a Deloitte study, over 90% of all cyberattacks and data breaches start with phishing emails. Make sure your employees know how to recognize them and avoid them! 

Introduce Multi-Factor Authentication

If your employees regularly work online or from home and often access the company’s databases and documents, you might consider introducing a multi-factor authentication (MFA) system.

MFA systems are simple, but they can be extremely powerful in protecting your employees, data, and company alike. This system works by requiring the user to provide two or more pieces of information to gain access to a server, platform, or account. The factors required might be:

  • Something your employee has, such as a physical device that could be a phone, key, or card.
  • Something your employee knows, which might be a password, PIN, or code
  • Something your employee is, which can be proved through biometric information, face scans, and fingerprints

By adding MFA to your company’s accounts and platforms, you can lower the risk of data breaches that stem from password hacking - which, according to 2021 research, account for over 80% of all breaches!

Partner With an Experienced IT Company

Today, no company can remain competitive and relevant without the right technology. However, if you are looking to become more competitive by introducing cloud systems, hybrid work models, virtual communication platforms, decentralized systems, and IoT, you will need a solid cybersecurity strategy in place. Partnering with a specialized company like VisiCom can help you assess your cyber risk, craft a tailored strategy, and protect your employees.

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