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We live in a remote work era, and keeping your employees safe online is more important than ever. Without the protection of your in-office network, there are concerns about data security to and from your employees' workstations. If you're managing a remote team, consider these tips to ensure your cyber security is up to the task.

 

Educate Your Team on Phishing Scams

 

Phishing scams have become much more insidious in recent years. As much as we want our email filters to catch them, some still get through, and they look legitimate. Some are even using text messages to make it seem more urgent. Everyone needs to understand what to look for and what to avoid. Common phishing scams include:

 

· An alert about suspicious activity or login attempts on an account

· A problem with your payment

· A Conformation of personal or financial information

· An invoice you weren't expecting

· A Coupon for free products

 

Providing in-depth training on phishing scams is always a good idea, but also let employees know if they see a link or attachment they weren't expecting, to not click or respond.

 

Invest in a VPN

 

Another way to protect your company and employees' data is to invest in a VPN. VPN stands for virtual private network. When you set up a VPN, your employees will log in through that portal, and now all of their internet traffic will be through encryption. That encrypted tunnel means no one else can see your data, including hackers and your ISP. So when your employees are connecting through their at-home internet, business data is protected.

 

Keep Your Technology Updated

 

Cybersecurity is an industry that changes fast. A company's technology becomes outdated, and the current internet security requirements aren't compatible. Lead by example by completing system updates right away. Review software and hardware regularly to ensure your tech is consistent with the most up-to-date internet security requirements.

 

Encourage Strong Passwords and Multi-Factor Authentication

 

Another way you can lead by example and encourage your team to stay protected is to use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication. Yes, it can be hard to remember many unique passwords, but the number one way data is compromised is through hackers breaking codes for passwords. Creating strong passwords and using multi-factor authentication whenever available will add a layer of protection.

 

Ready to hire for your remote team? Get in touch with itec group!

 

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