At BPI, we do what we can to keep one another safe throughout this crisis. Since the workforce is most likely going through a great deal of both stress and change, and your organization is most likely limited by time and resources, we’ve put together a few tips on making the remote workforce as secure and as safe as possible.

Security Basics

Start with implementing the following essential tools:

  • VPN to create a secure connection from your home workstation to your work resources
  • Anti-malware to protect you and your organization from cyber attacks
  • Email spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching your inbox
  • Collaboration tools so teams can continue to work together through private sharing, co-authoring, and communication channels

Remember that there is a learning curve with new tools. Taking the time to train users is always worth the effort. Excellent free training can be found online, and BPI offers one on one training and support customized to your organization’s needs.

Additional Steps to Stay Safe

  • Require two-step verification (also called two-factor or multi-factor authentication) whenever possible. It uses your password, but also adds a second step, such as a code sent to your smartphone or an app that generates the code for you. Two-step verification is probably the most important step you can take to protect your online accounts and it’s much easier than it sounds.
  • Provide cybersecurity training for users. This is especially important because cyberattacks are increasing in the confusion caused by the pandemic.
  • Require encryption for staff working on sensitive files
  • Implement measures to back up data saved on local devices while workers are remote
  • Consider a password manager

Our experts are happy to help your organization work from home securely. Call us at (248) 357-3980.