Published On: Sat, Aug 26th, 2017

Security in The Digital Age: Why Mobile Offices Need a New Approach

Modern technologies have made the impossible possible for many small-to-medium sized enterprises. By incorporating new software that enables employees to work from home, they are able to attract talents that the large businesses would normally have snatched away a long time ago; flexible hours has become a no-brainer in a small office.

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Yet, the latest trends see an increase in cyber threats and the creation of a hidden backdoor into the network of your company.

The mobile office is open

While there is little doubt about the benefits of offering your team flexible hours and remote work, many business owners need to realize the security issues around this new way of working. Sure, technology makes it easy for us to communicate, collaborate our work, and store everything neatly in a cloud – but the cyber security of their home office looks very different from the one you’d find in an actual office.

The danger with a mobile office is that business owners lack control over how their workers use their computers – and whether they take their own cyber security seriously. Many workers have admitted to the lack of antivirus software on their computers, for example, and they also come clean about the use of identical passwords on every account, making it simple for cyber criminals to find their details – as well as your company’s.

This survey even shows that nearly a third of every employee has had some sort of malware on their device. This is bad news for business owners as well as the entire network in general; when one device picks up malware, it spreads like wildfire to the rest of the corporate network.

Invest in cyber training

The good news, on the other hand, is that with so much advanced technology on the market, one can easily find added security for enterprises. When business owners start to incorporate measures to prevent hackers from gaining access to their worker’s personal computers, they’re building a much stronger defense for the entire company.

The efficiency of a mobile office is easy to achieve by investing in test management and cloud computing; for business owners, it’s only common sense to invest an equal amount in training their employees to understand cyber security. It’s typical for a smaller enterprise to risk the safety of the data because they don’t always have the time to focus on staff training; yet, something as simple as giving them appropriate training once a year can be enough to ensure your online safety.

To regularly change one’s passwords, downloading operating system patches, and being trained sufficiently to spot attempts at phishing are all vital for the security of small-to-medium sized businesses. It makes it possible for their teams to continue enjoying flexible hours and remote work – while also keeping the cyber criminals at bay.

There are too many tools on the market and opportunities for training out there, and these new threats are no excuse to leave the days of the mobile office behind.

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