In 2020, overnight the majority of the world’s workforce transitioned to a remote work model. As we near the anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are rolling out and business leaders are finalizing plans for potential office re-entry.
Given the continuation of mask mandates and social distancing guidelines, many offices will adapt to a hybrid work environment, which means employees will work both in the office and from home based on a set schedule. This maintains social distancing and remote work flexibility while giving those who want to return to the office, the option to do so.
Businesses across the globe deployed the necessary measures to allow their employees to work remotely the past year. They ordered additional laptops, secured more VPN licenses, and upgraded workloads to the cloud; however, it is likely several cybersecurity measures were overlooked due to the rapid nature of the transition.
As your workforce continues to work remotely and as you begin to adopt a hybrid work model, there are several technology and cybersecurity protection measures you must have in place.
These technology updates include:
- Better Managed Security: As organizations quickly deployed work from home solutions, cybersecurity practices took a backseat. Many basic security protocols were overlooked to enable workforces to work remotely overnight. Now that almost a year has passed, it is vital to confirm security technologies and processes are in place. Your organization needs to be defended against the increasingly sophisticated threat landscape.
- IT Expertise: Your organization needs to be defended 24/7 from threats. At Blue Star Cyber, we can offer 24/7/365 security operations monitoring with 360 visibility. You can also employ IT managed solutions to have expert IT support on call whenever a problem arises. Employees are working outside the typical 9 to 5 with increased responsibilities at home and at work, so it is important to have an IT team that can support them at any time.
- Employee Training: You’ve likely installed new collaboration software or installed new security measures. It is important to make sure your workforce is properly trained on all new software and IT practices. Additionally, all employees should be trained on proper security measures to safeguard your business.