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Remote Work Cybersecurity Best Practices

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43% of cybersecurity breaches happen to small businesses, Verizon recently reported. With many employees working remotely, the implementation of cybersecurity protections becomes an integral part of doing business and protecting your company in modern times.

Cybercrimes are on the rise. That’s why your SMB needs to be working with a managed IT services provider to ensure cybersecurity measures and best practices can help your business prevent and withstand attacks. 

Zero-Trust Principle and Least Privilege Access

These best practices are just as they sound – trust no one. Previously, cybersecurity defenses were developed to protect information from outside attacks. However, businesses must also protect themselves from attacks from within the company, with no regard for rank, seniority, or position. 

To lead any of your employees, no matter who they are, away from illicit activities, you need to grant them access only to the information or system that they need and nothing else.

Create Awareness and Reinforce Security Policies

Make sure your team is aware of risk factors, such as email scams, phishing attacks, calls from unknown callers, and so on. 

Employees working remotely often feel secure in their own homes and are more trusting than in a workplace setting. Ensure that your team remains vigilant and reinforce your existing security plans and protocols, or update with any new security policies you need to implement based on changing work locations. 

Create a VPN, Move to the Cloud and Implement 24/7 Monitoring

It’s likely that you already have a virtual private network. You may have moved most, if not all, of your computing, applications, and storage to the Cloud. However, be sure to contract with a managed services provider to continuously monitor your systems for operations and threat monitoring, advanced detection and response capabilities, and tested backup and recovery plans.

Multi-Factor Authentication

In addition to continuous monitoring, you want to work with a managed services provider to implement multiple security measures for high-security information. This service provides an extra layer of security and protection to limit unauthorized access, login information theft, and more. This will also allow the provider to assess your areas of vulnerability and reinforce security within those areas.

These cybersecurity best practices will help you maintain better security throughout your organization while also protecting you from outside attacks. Contact our team at MidnightBlue to talk about managed IT services and cybersecurity solutions specifically designed for small to mid-sized companies.