How to Manage for the Threat of Human Error in IT Security for a Remote Workforce

September 09, 2020
By: ABM

The makeup of today’s workforce has changed radically, with a significant percentage of the workforce working remotely. In response, IT security systems and remote access architectures have become pervasive within the new economy. The increased demand for IT security services has many organizations looking for ways to implement advanced security paradigms to insolate and protect their environment from known and unknown threats.

While training and education is likely the most effective tool to combat this threat. Here are a few other considerations in avoiding potential employee mistakes that can leave your business vulnerable to internal and external cyberattacks. For a non-compliant user, just one puts your organization at risk. To protect your organization and assist your employees in becoming more knowledgeable:

  • Look for the weakest link:  endpoint detection finds and automatically remediates PCs that are not in line with company policies.
  • Critical does not mean later: do not delay vital updates are crucial defense systems, and they should be delivered and applied automatically.
  • Malware isn’t the eng: even if an employee clicks on a link to a phishing or other attack, it need not be terminal. Sandboxing can keep malicious files isolated is critical, so they cause no damage.

Highlight potential traps

It’s easier for hackers to target individuals working remotely, so it’s important to educate employees on potential scams. Warn users not to click on unsolicited emails and only to use official websites. Create a central online site where users can go for information about known problems, including links to national and international security alert systems.

Update acceptable use policies

To help cover your employee’s personal devices, set, and audit standards for acceptable use.

Contact us at www.abmis.ca to ask us how we can help you protect your remote workforce.