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.”