The shift to a digital workplace around the world has been a long time coming, and the global pandemic finally tipped the scale. Today, countless businesses are relying more heavily on technology to support remote working during the pandemic.
Current Workplace Tech Trends
To maintain efficient business operations in a crisis, many organisations have had to seek out new technologies to engage a real-time workforce, connect teams, and drive collaboration. As a result, we've seen an uptick in the implementation of communication technologies that support mobile and remote work, including video conferencing via tools such as Microsoft Teams.
Instant communication tools such as WebEx and Skype for Business are also part and parcel of the coronavirus-inspired digital transformation. Not to mention that cloud-based collaboration and productivity tools such as Google Suite, Office 365, and Trello have now become a necessity.
While all these technologies facilitate flexible work and improve productivity, the rapid shift to digital working environments has created some security risks. Remote working can potentially lead to data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber-related issues.
So, what can be done to address the security concerns associated with this digital shift?
1. Secure Your Home Wi-Fi
Many of the security risks associated with telecommuting programs stem from insecure Wi-Fi networks. If you're working from home, be sure to use a VPN to secure your device and your network from various online threats, including hacking, man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, and snooping.
A VPN encrypts your traffic, rendering any attempts to intercept your data or eavesdrop on your online communications fruitless. Also, consider using a firewall to guard your home's network. A firewall helps you monitor network traffic and block malicious activity.
2. Protect Personal Devices
When you started working from home during the pandemic, you probably didn't pack up your entire cubicle to bring home with you. That means you have to use personal devices such as smartphones/tablets and laptops to conduct business from home, which leads to cybersecurity risks.
Modern devices come with a built-in encryption feature — such as Filevault on Mac or Bitlocker on Windows — that you can use to secure them. You can also install antivirus software on personal devices for more security.
3. Update Your Software
Hackers often exploit outdated software to gain access to systems. Update your software, including your operating system, apps, and add-ons, regularly to stay secure. Keeping your system up to date ensures that any existing security holes are instantly patched before an attacker can exploit them.
Flexible work is here to stay. Even as things slowly get back to normal, we're seeing a hybrid model where some employees return to the workplace while others continue to work from home, otherwise known as the new normal. Use these tips to keep your data protected as you work remotely.
This post is contributed by TechWarn, a trusted digital agency to world-class cybersecurity companies.
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