While working from home does come with its perks, there are many new cybersecurity risks created when employees make the transition from a trusted and secured office network to a remote work environment, where in most cases only Internet connectivity and power are must haves.
At TechStak, our team has been virtually distributed from day one. Thus addressing remote work and protecting sensitive organizational assets was a priority from the inception of the company.
So, how do you establish a secure work from home (WFH) environment and put best practices in place?
First, it’s important that all employees understand organizational expectations, policies and procedures when working from home or remotely.
Second, all employees need to practice safe cybersecurity to ensure data is protected.
A Remote Work Policy as well as a Technology and Data Use Policy should be put in place to outline expectations and provide guidance as well as accountability. Employees should be required to read through the policies and sign off on the agreements acknowledging they will abide by them.
What does a work from home security framework include:
- Remote work security best practices
- Resources for training employees
- Policies and procedures
- Tools for securing your information
- An audit and vulnerability scans to assess the remote environment
Remember, no one benefits from remote work if there is additional increased risk to business failure or loss due to a data breach.
Implement your Work From Home framework by starting with the the WFH Awareness Toolkit.
Work From Home Security Best Practices - For Employers
Your WFH Awareness Toolkit inclues:
Guidelines and Tips For Employees Working Remotely: Provide employees with NIST-based security best practices
Remote Work Policy: Set expectations on working remotely
Industry Recommended Security Tools: Understand available tools and technologies
4 Graphics including a WFH Do’s and Dont’s Poster: Create a cybersecure WFH mindset