How Permanent Remote Workers Can Stay Digitally Secure

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Digital Tools for Working From Home

Companies worldwide had to adapt to a new way of working after the pandemic forced people to follow shelter-in-place orders. Businesses who may not have allowed employees to work from home (WFH) in the past had no choice but to conduct virtual meetings, allow employees to utilize personal work devices, and allow workers to conduct tasks using their home wi-fi. These changes have had both positive and negative effects on standard operation and employee morale, but it seems that the benefits have outweighed the risks as many companies have decided to implement full-time work from home policies.

Flexible and Time-Saving Policy for Employees

Many employees have stated that what they enjoy most about working from home is that there is no need for a daily commute. It saves them time both going and coming home from work and they stated that this time was either spent putting in more work or spending time with family after clocking out. A survey from CNBC and Change Research found that of more than 5,000 voters, 47% would spend time with family, while others felt they have been getting more work done or spending time working on hobbies.

This commitment to the more interpersonal side of life has bled into business operations as well. Organizations have seemed to become more people-focused and are more flexible in operations than when operating together in one building. A survey from getAbstract has even found that 43$ of full-time American employees want to continue working remotely even after businesses reopen. Many organizations like Google and Facebook have already allowed their employees to work from home permanently if they so choose.

Security Risks with Working from Home

When people began working from home, it was not a planned move but rather one that was circumstantial. This meant that companies did not implement any work-from-home policies beforehand, leading to vulnerabilities and an increase in successful cyber attacks.

Cybersecurity firm Tessian conducted a survey of 1,000 US residents and 1,000 UK residents and found that 48% are less likely to follow safe data practices at home. Additionally, 84% of IT leaders said data loss prevention is difficult when employees are not in the office. Some of the WFH risks include:

  • Sending emails to the wrong person or to personal accounts
  • Storing corporate data on insecure media or losing that data on a personal device
  • Falling victim to phishing attacks and not checking the validity of a message

Another risk for remote workers is the use of videoconferencing. When this platform is used for meetings, there is a chance that the meetings need to be recorded for company records. In this case, there needs to be consent among the participants and a secure way to store the video in company files. Aside from the ethical and legal issues, some video conferencing platforms have already had privacy issues. A recent study even found that 77% of employees surveyed said their companies did not implement work-from-home protocols.

Long-Term Ways to Stay Secure

Some of the concerns with remote work include the inability to communicate effectively, storing corporate data securely, and having a proper data disaster recovery plan in place. While software solutions for proper sharing and security protocols for employees to follow are movements in the right direction, remote workers will still need some tools to ensure their work situation is both productive and secure.

Secure Data offers both data recovery service and an entire line of hardware encrypted storage devices. Our recovery service is a critical part of any data recovery plan and our engineers have an overall 96% success rate in recovering files from all media and operating systems. When a hard drive in a desktop or laptop fails, it is imperative to recover your files as soon as possible for minimum disruption to your workflow.

Our SecureDrive BT products are ideal for storing corporate data as they can only be unlocked by using a secure mobile app. An admin on the device can implement the remote management feature to set geo-and time-fencing restrictions so the drive can only be unlocked in predetermined places at set times. This ensures corporate files are backed up and will not be leaked to unauthorized parties. To learn more about our data security solutions for remote workers, call 1-800-388-1266.