The short answer is, yes. Working from home can be a risk to your business, especially when there isn't a remote work policy in place. However, remote working is also a fantastic way for your company to reduce costs by minimising the need for increased office space, improve your employees’ well-being and productivity, as well as gain access to a broader range of talent that you may not find locally.
Shred-it have found that 86% of C-level executives believe that the risk of a data breach is higher when employees work remotely. You can be at a higher risk of losing your property, connecting to unsecured WiFi connections and unknowingly providing cyber criminals with your data.
Technology is constantly evolving and how we work has dramatically changed over the past decade. Remote working is becoming a standard part of everyday life, and a lot of businesses are making flexible work a necessity rather than a luxury. A recent study by Upwork stated that,
53% of hiring managers agree that companies are embracing more flexible teams as compared to 3 years ago, and according to a survey of SME decision-makers, 80% of UK SMEs have seen a rise in remote working over the past 2 years.
Even now, we all work remotely in some way, such as checking our emails on-the-go via our phones, quickly finishing off a report on the train, or updating our projects when we get home. Upwork's 2018 report predicts that by 2027, offices will serve as a temporary anchor point, rather than a daily travel destination.
The report goes on to state that nearly two-thirds of companies already have employees who work remotely, but more than half (57%) of those companies do not have a remote work policy, and those that do, have not updated it within the past 5 years.
One of the biggest security threats to your business are your employees, and properly training them on cyber security is essential in safeguarding your business against a data breach.
Employees want the freedom to access the applications and data they need on whichever PC or device they choose – whether at the office, at home, or on the road. However, you need to make sure your data is protected and only available to the people who should have access to it.
How can we help?
We offer User Awareness Training to educate your staff on the warning signs of a potential attack and help them remain vigilant to the latest threats.
We can assist in updating or putting together your remote work policy - this should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it stays up-to-date with modern technology.
To find out more about Remote Working, Cyber Security or just to see how we can help your business improve your IT Security, get in touch today and we’ll be happy to help.