Although many businesses have returned to regular operations, there is still a large portion of workers that continue to work remotely, or work on a hybrid schedule. It seems as though this may continue for sometime, and for some companies, indefinitely. There can be a host of cybersecurity issues when staff members access company information while working remotely. So, how can you protect patient privacy in a remote work environment? Start off by implementing these remote working security tips.

  1. Create a device policy
  2. Train employees on how to recognize phishing attempts
  3. Implement two-factor or multi-factor authentication
  4. Install security updates as they become available

Remote Working Security Tips

Remote Working Security Tips: Create a device policy

At the start of the pandemic, many businesses scrambled to transition to a remote work environment, leading to a shortage in laptop computers, causing many workers to rely on their personal computers to do their jobs. Often, remote workers struggle with a work-life balance, as the lines between work and home life blur, which was exacerbated by the shortage.

The problem with using a personal device for work is lack of security. This can include insufficient technology to keep confidential information secure, as well as risks associated with sharing the device with other individuals, such as family members. To improve your organization’s security, it is important to identify workers that are still using personal devices for work, and equip those devices with advanced security protections. 

You may also consider purchasing them a work laptop if they will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future. However, even with a designated work computer, employees may be tempted to use their work devices for personal matters. Security tips for working remotely suggest this can be a risky habit. As such, it is important to develop policies and procedures for remote workers, including a bring your own device policy. To ensure that your remote workers are protecting patient privacy, employees must be trained on these policies and procedures.

Ali Sleiman, Infoblox’s technical director for MEA, “There used to be a clearly defined parameter and security strategy for companies… but the pandemic and the evolution of technology brought changes to the strategy. This forced companies to build and use a new hybrid workforce, a remote workforce.”

“In such an environment where you have changed not only in the architecture but also how your workforce has to operate, you have to adjust your cyber security strategy. If your cyber security strategy is not rolled out from day one because of these changes, companies and their employees will be at serious cyber security risk,” furthered Sleiman.

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