Flexible working arrangements have become standard practice around the world. Many studies have also revealed that remote work has helped employees to remain productive with fewer distractions. However, allowing staff to work remotely comes with cybersecurity risks. So, how should organizations build IT resilience? In this article at IT Business Edge, Mike Vizard explains the ways organizations must examine their IT resilience when employees work remotely.
Guidelines to Address Security Issues
Provide Security Training
Organizations must provide employees with basic security advice: to be aware of phishing emails, ensure personal Wi-Fi routers are secured and verify the device’s security. Furthermore, as a business leader, you must train your employees to avoid clicking links in emails from unknown people. “The top security concerns are software vulnerabilities (39%), employees using the same username and password across apps (37%), using an unsecured network (36%), and device theft (29%),” says Vizard. Studies reveal that remote management (58%), security (56%), and cloud services (50%) are the top budget priorities for many organizations.
Invest in Cyber Hygiene
According to European Union’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), cyber hygiene “must be viewed in the same manner as personal hygiene.” Once cyber hygiene is integrated into an organization, it will simply be a daily routine with occasional checkups to ensure that the organization’s online health is in optimum condition. Cyber hygiene must encompass your hardware, IT infrastructure, software, and cybersecurity awareness training.
Other Security Measures
A survey conducted by International Data Group identified that 21% of business leaders plan to implement endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities, while 31% are evaluating it. Another study conducted by Gartner indicates that the budget on information security and risk management technology and services will grow to $150.4 billion by the end of 2021.
As remote work becomes the new normal, organizations must put into place the necessary infrastructure and applicable security guidelines, plans, and policies to minimize their exposure to risks. To read the original article, click on https://www.itbusinessedge.com/it-management/work-from-anywhere-requires-more-resilient-it/.