We touched on remote work last year as industries around the world were adapting to COVID. Since then, many businesses have considered the long-term benefits of extending their work from home policies. Given this trend, we are revisiting remote work in greater detail.

In the coming weeks, we will be exploring best practices for remote work. For many businesses, this will be new ground. Your own organization may have even dabbled remote work over the past year. Either way, you must ensure that any remote work is done safely and securely.

Before we explore the details of secure remote work, we must start with a core principle. That principle is the wall of separation between work and home. Put simply, workers must keep their workplace and their personal space separate.

Traditional workplaces benefit from having a dedicated workspace. Here, employees are supplied with needed devices, have their own workstations, and exist in a business culture. Even with these benefits, employers still must be vigilant about company devices being used for personal reasons.

Businesses must be careful about device and network usage to limit their own vulnerability. Mixing personal use with workplace accounts and devices exposes organizations to unnecessary risks. A malicious email attachment opened on a company computer can grant attackers access to both the device and the network. Therefore, diligent businesses establish guidelines for use of company devices.

Remote work can throw a wrench into this culture, however. Whether employees are working on the road or at home, the lines between personal and working hours can be blurred. Adding to the challenge is the fact that remote workplaces, by their very nature, are disconnected from the physical security of an office. Your office is likely not as open to visitors as a café, train, or an employee’s own house and is therefore generally less vulnerable. While your workers may feel secure in their own homes, they need to be aware of the company’s security as well.

Step one to establishing this awareness is to create a wall between the personal and professional in employees’ minds. They should consider their remote workstation to be an extension of their office and avoid creating additional cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

In the coming weeks, we will be digging into how employees can keep their remote workstations secure and how you can help. We will be exploring cybersecurity solutions and best practices for limiting vulnerabilities.

By the end, we aim to give you a clearer picture of how your business minimizes the risks of remote work while enjoying its benefits.

 

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