Remote working is a great ability to have for your business. Gone are the days when bad weather, lack of childcare and pesky car problems meant you lose half your workforce at 8AM. Some businesses even have workers based at home, or their own office permanently.
Although remote working provides many advantages, it is important to be aware of the potential threats that this can provide.
Stolen Information and Credentials
We’ve all seen suited up business workers sat in fast food chains, high street coffee shops and hotels with their laptops and phones in front of them, working on what we can only imagine is something that cannot wait. However, working from public untrusted wi-fi poses a massive risk, with information and credentials open to being collected.
Solution: Use your own wireless hotspot, avoid connecting to hotel and restaurant wi-fi where possible.
Out of Date Systems
It can be difficult to keep remote user’s devices completely up to date with the latest patches released for their Operating System, as manual patching is used or it’s just not seen as a priority. However, patching should always be a priority, more so for machines that are not always on the company network.
The recent WannaCry cyber-attacks exploited a weakness in Microsoft operating systems. Patches were released for this risk back in March 2017, but still, the attack was able to affect computers in 12 countries, including the NHS. Microsoft also took the unusual step of releasing a patch for unsupported operating systems such as XP and Windows Server 2003.
Solution: We strongly recommended ensuring you have a monthly patch schedule in place across your network to coincide with releases by Microsoft. Patches contain fixes to weaknesses which is why it’s critical to stay up to date, with new weaknesses being discovered by security experts.
Patching may be harder for your remote workers, with some unable to come in to the office and be looked at by IT! However, our NetManaged service allows you to keep all devices, including remote users full patched and protected.
It is always important to protect your IT environment, never more so in the current climate with more cyber-attacks always likely.
Our NetManage service is exceptional and is implemented by some of the best professionals in the field. we look forward to speaking to you soon.
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