Staff working from home could be putting your data at risk

Staff working from home could be putting your data at risk

The urgent changes made by all businesses to allow their teams to work from home earlier in the year have increased the opportunity for hackers to do their worst.

Hackers look for the easy way into any business. It’s not just big businesses that are at risk, in fact it is ever increasingly small businesses at risk. They use automated tools to look for weaknesses in all businesses, all the time.

They only need to get into one computer to breach an entire network.

Before lockdown, many businesses were secure, simply because all the entry points into their systems were in one place – the workplace. That meant a high level of control.

But now people are working from home on their own devices and WiFi connections. They might even be sharing a device with their family. And that’s created a huge amount of opportunity for hackers.

Here at Synium, we have helped several businesses that have been hacked, and it’s not pleasant for all involved. Even if you have solid backups, it can be days of disruption, hassle and worry. It can be expensive to fix, too.

The good news is, there’s a preventative solution. And it gives you a way of protecting your business now, and in the future – regardless of whatever lockdowns or social restrictions we have.

What does that mean?

Essentially, it means helping all staff to work safely and securely, whether they’re at their workplace or at home.

Depending on the levels of security needed, that might mean:

  • Everyone has a business laptop – this really is strongly advised – having staff share compuers with other members in their family could really put your data at risk
  • Using multi factor authentication (an absolute must these days), where you generate a login code on your mobile
  • Separate secure WiFi connection at home
  • Higher levels of access security
  • And many other flavours of data security (there are always lots of options)

 

Of course, the specific solution you put in place will depend on a lot of different factors, such as the type of work you do, the people you have, and the type of data in the business – and where that data is stored.

If your current IT support company isn’t having this conversation with you right now, then maybe they’re not proactive enough.

We prefer to work as strategic partners with our clients. And to help them plan ahead and be as flexible as possible.

Which is exactly the right approach right now. Because, let’s be honest, none of us knows how the next 12 to 18 months will pan out. Maximum flexibility with total safety is the right approach.

You can read more about the solutions to keep your data safe in our next Blog post (or click here)

I’d love to discuss this with you. You can get in touch with us the phone (0121 663 0203) – or fill in the form, and we’ll call you back:

Click here to Schedule online meeting with Simon to chat about any challenges you face


Simon Tonks
simon@synium.co.uk

Owner and MD of Synium who loves his job, his life and the wondrous outdoors - especially when on a bike of any kind (but preferably on a mountain bike going downhill fast). Please get in touch if there is anything IT related I can help you with (or if you want to talk bikes :-)