Know the risks of data exposure when working from home
No matter how careful employees are when they set up a home office, working remotely has inherent security risks. Safeguards put in place in a traditional work setting are often overlooked in a work from home scenario. It’s important to understand what the risks are, because even if your employees work from home, your company is still liable for any data breach.
Document Loss and Theft
Though it may seem far-fetched that a criminal would enter a home only to steal printed work documents, it can’t be ruled out. Unsecured documents can be stolen easily enough by people coming to perform service or maintenance work on a home or apartment, or thieves targeting trash cans or recycling bins. Even if employees take care to shred their documents, if they have not been shredded professionally or correctly, criminals can put the pieces back together.
Misplaced Storage Devices
External hard drives and flash drives have become commonplace in both home and traditional office spaces to help keep computers free of virtual clutter. But if those items are not secured in a safe place, they can become vulnerable to theft. Old hard drives can be forgotten in old backpacks or suitcases and are donated or thrown away, potentially placing them in dangerous hands. Hard drive destruction is a critical part of information security and should be included in your work from home practices.
Unsecure Network Access
If an employee working from home prefers to go to the nearest coffee shop or cafe to do their work, they need to be on guard: data can also be stolen through unsecure networks. If an employee is not accessing company data on a secure or private network, it’s vulnerable to hackers who like to target public wi-fi.