How to Protect Your Data When You Are Working with a Remote Team
Controlling an entire team of employees can be a serious task. And securing your most delicate information even more so. It's really hard if you have to do it remotely. If you run a team from across the world, you will need to have access to work documents, accounts and more so that you can manage your team correctly.
Our modern communication technology makes this process simple and streamlined, but it also has security risks as well. Because your remote team members will be working from multiple devices, these devices will be more vulnerable to malware that can infiltrate your team's network and cause data breaches.
Here's what you can do to prevent this.
Instruct your team on proper online safety.
According to a study published on CNBC, the largest cybersecurity risk to American companies is, in fact, employee negligence. So you need to make sure your employees are well-educated on the matter of online safety and security. Some of your employees may think they're too tech-savvy for it but do it anyway. Better to be safe than sorry.
The instructions should include ways to spot suspicious emails and links and how to deal with them. Also, how to generate secure passwords, the risks of using public Wi-Fi networks on work devices and much more.
Use A Virtual Private Network (VPN) for added security.
Virtual private networks exist to widen your private network across public networks. A good VPN will allow you to transmit data across shared or public networks as if the device you're using were connected to the private network directly. This will help a lot when your employees are using public Wi-Fi networks.
Generate long and complex passwords.
Passwords are the backbone of your security. Without a good password, it doesn't matter what other preventive measures you take. A good password has to be both long and complex to ensure it's protected from brute force and dictionary-style attacks.
Consider using a password manager with a built-in password generator for maximum security.
Enable Two-Step Verification.
We've talked about Two-Step Verification and Two-Factor Authentication a lot in the past. It will add another step to the login process, which will add another layer of security to your accounts. That extra step could be vital when thwarting hackers.
Move you data to the Cloud.
Considering using cloud services. Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox are among the most popular options. Moving your resources to the cloud has a lot of benefits for you and your team. You and your employees will be able to access your company data from anywhere across the globe for one. Also, if you become the victim of a hacker attack or some technical disaster you can be sure that your sensitive information was safely stored remotely and not lost.