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10 Best Practices for Securely Managing Your Remote Workers’ Devices

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Managing your remote workers’ computer security or device security is a bit like walking on a tightrope—one wrong move and everything can come crashing down. While remote work is convenient, we often forget the lurking dangers in the digital world.


For starters, remote workers might fall prey to the siren’s call of public WiFi and open the cybersecurity Pandora’s box. There’s the risk of employees using personal devices for work, making the line between Candy Crush notifications and confidential work emails oh-so-very blurred. And let’s not forget about good ol’ human error, always ready to trip us up when we least expect it.


It’s a wild, wild digital world out there, but don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with our top 10 practices for securing your remote workers’ devices!


1. Device Inventory and Assessment

 

Knowing is half the battle, and this is especially true when it comes to securing your remote workers’ devices. Before you can implement any computer security or device security measures, it’s important to know what kind of devices your employees are using for work and assess their vulnerabilities.


2. Implement Strong Password Policies

 

The first line of defense for any device is a strong password (CaptainAmerica123 just won’t cut it). Make sure your company has strict password policies in place such as the following:

      • Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.

      • Change passwords regularly.

      • Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdays or pet names.

      • Use at least 12 characters for each password

    3. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

     

    A strong password is great, but adding another layer of device security with MFA is even better. This way, even if an employee’s password gets compromised, the hacker would still need to pass through another security checkpoint.


    4. Regular Software Updates and Patch Management

     

    We know it’s tempting, but don’t ignore that blinking update notification! Software updates and patches often include security fixes, so make sure all devices are up-to-date. Consider implementing automatic software updates to ensure timely installation.


    5. Endpoint Security Solutions

     

    Invest in endpoint security solutions such as anti-virus and firewalls to protect all devices from potential threats. Make sure these solutions are regularly updated and configured correctly.


    6. Data Encryption and Backup

     

    Encrypting sensitive data and regular backups are crucial in case of a security breach. In case an employee’s device is lost or stolen, encrypted data would be nearly impossible to access without the encryption key. You’re basically hiding the important documents in a secret vault so that even if they can break into the bank, they still can’t get to the good stuff.


    7. Security Awareness Training

     

    Even with all the computer security or device security measures in place, human error is still a major risk factor. Make sure your employees are aware of best practices for secure device usage and regularly provide training on cybersecurity awareness.


    8. Remote Device Management Tools

     

    Having remote device management tools in place allows for easier monitoring and management of all devices. This helps in detecting any unusual activity or potential security threats. Here are some ideas to start with:

        • Mobile Device Management (MDM) software

        • Virtual Private Network (VPN)

        • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

      9. Incident Response and Reporting

       

      In cybersecurity, it’s not just about being ready to fight off the Trojan horse but also about being prepared to clean up the mess if you do get breached.


      Have an incident response plan in place that includes steps for reporting and resolving the issue, as well as communication protocols.


      10. Regular Auditing and Compliance Checks

       

      Regularly auditing all devices and ensuring compliance with device security policies is crucial in maintaining a secure remote work environment. This should also include conducting vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to identify any weaknesses in the system.


      In today’s heavily technology-dependent business world, security should be a top priority for any company. By implementing these best practices, you can ensure your company’s valuable data is protected and your remote workers can work securely from anywhere in the world.


      Experience Total Device Security With Mercer Bucks at Your Side

       

      At Mercer Bucks, we want to change that treacherous tightrope into a sturdy bridge. We understand that businesses today rely heavily on technology, and we are here to provide full-service device security solutions to ensure the safety of your remote workers’ devices.


      Our team of experts will work closely with your company to conduct vulnerability assessments, implement necessary security measures, and provide training to keep your employees informed. Don’t wait for a security breach—contact Mercer Bucks today and let us help you secure your remote workforce.