As a national coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, one thing on every business owner’s mind is what they can do to maintain productivity for their operations. For some businesses, remote work – allowing employees to connect to the company network from home and continue their tasks – has become a part of the plan.

Even offices that may have never had the option to work from home have now started offering the alternative to their staff.

There are so many benefits to a digital transformation for today’s businesses: lower costs, expanded service hours, greater collaboration, reduced travel and more.

Experts warn though: companies should still proceed with caution. While working remotely provides a multitude of benefits, businesses can still be susceptible to cyber crimes.

Hackers are already eyeing new targets as more Americans plan to work from home.

With the right action plan and careful measures, it’s possible to maintain your operations while also protecting your private data.

Here are 3 things you should know about allowing work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

1.      Establish Best Practices & Rules for Employees

Whether businesses have always allowed remote work or it is a new policy enacted due to current circumstances, there is a need for policies to be put in place and training offered to help protect businesses from risks and threats.

Helping employees to understand the importance of privacy and security when connecting outside of the office is critical. All employees should have secure connections and devices for logging into the network. They should understand etiquette for conference calls and work according to schedules and goals established for the offsite work setting.

2.      Understand Security Risks & Keep Protections in Place

One of the best ways to stop potential security attacks from happening as a result of work from home policies is to teach people how to spot vulnerabilities. Knowing to stay away from suspicious links in emails and restricting personal internet searches is just the start.  Security experts are also advising that all VPNs and network infrastructure devices used to allow for remote work be updated to include the most recent software patches and security configurations.

Caution should also be used when employees are connecting to Wi-Fi networks – especially when company-issued devices are used to access open, public networks.

3.      Choose Managed IT Services

Working with a managed IT services provider will ensure that employees who are telecommuting have the support they need to continue working productively. When technology goes down or there is an issue they need help with, remote support is available that can access the employee devices to diagnose and remedy. Managed IT services can also provide necessary security, including software updates, and patches as well as data encryption.

ASG Information Technologies provides managed IT services for small and medium-sized businesses across Connecticut. We offer managed security services that are cost-effective and all your company’s bases covered. We actively manage firewalls, manage passwords, filter spam, monitor for viruses, and more.

Contact us today!