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I don’t even know where to start. If you’d have told me two months ago that we’d be debating over which businesses are “essential” and that millions of Americans would be sent home to work overnight, I would’ve told you you’re crazy. But here we are.
Now that you're working from home, there are a few security best practices to follow to help make sure you and your company are protected from cyber security threats. For example, have you thought about the security of your home network with all of your "things" connected to it? Don't forget that working securely has as much to do with your actions as it does with your IT environment, so don't let your new work location let down your guard.
During these unprecedented times, many companies are now being challenged to deliver their products and/or services, perhaps using new (and as yet, untested) mechanisms to do so. While some businesses have been forced to close their doors, those who have the advantage of staying open and allowing staff to work from a remote location can't ignore the security implications that go along with having less control over their corporate business and technological environment.
On March 18, 2020, the World Health Organization reported 207,855 cases of COVID-19 worldwide and 8,648 deaths from this virus. The pandemic has spread to 166 countries and territories, which is almost everywhere in the world. The recommended solution for businesses, schools, religious institutions, public agencies, and non-profits is the same: start practicing social distancing as soon as possible, and that means that many businesses have had to send employees to work from home.
If there's anything the last 20 years has shown us, it's that data security is paramount in modern business. Every year, the war rages on between hacker voraciousness and IT admin ingenuity. Every year, IT professionals invent new ways to stop hackers, and hackers find new weaknesses to exploit. In 2020, every business should be preparing for this year's wave of network security risks and the breaches of those brands who fall in the battle.
Many businesses have been thrust into a work-from-home situation overnight with our current public health threat. Some companies already had a few people with remote work capabilities, making the transition relatively easy. But for others, it’s been a wartime situation getting people home and set up to work as quickly as possible to help prevent the spread of illness and avoid lost productivity.
If you have your laptop, you can work from just about anywhere if there’s an internet connection to your company servers. Out on a sales call and need to log in to grab your proposal? Need to get to your email from home? Updating your project timelines while you’re waiting at the airport for your next flight? No problem! No problem unless…
Remote employees are only growing in popularity in the business world. Working from home gives companies the opportunity to hire people outside of their immediate area. It’s really a win-win for business and employees alike. Having greater access to talent means better business overall. And working from home is a SUPER perk for employees.
More than a decade ago, the U.S. economy was hit by the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. In the early months of the recession, American businesses lost an average 800,000 jobs per month as the economic growth declined at more than 8% during the 4th quarter of 2009 and the 1st quarter of 2009.
Online threats are a serious concern for every business. New cyber security risks are constantly emerging, and the cost of failing to protect information is high. IT departments do their best to keep their systems secure, but the average IT group doesn't have enough time or the specialized skills needed to deal adequately with online risks. The services of a cyber security firm, often called a managed security services provider (MSSP), will provide greater protection.