Having employees working from home since the start of the first lockdown back in March 2020 may not have been the disaster you were expecting it to be.

Are the spirits of your team high, productivity on the increase, and some people may even be enjoying themselves? Have you saved money on buying mediocre sandwiches and coffee on the commute? Have you gained time?

While it’s been a pretty horrible time for most of us in one way or another, one of the positive changes to have come out of the pandemic is this shift towards remote working, with 74% of businesses wanting to incorporate the ability to work from home going forward when COVID-19 is but a distant memory, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Is this you? Are you looking at ditching your overheads and having your team work from home indefinitely? Or are you thinking of offering part-time working from home opportunities?

Either way, there’s no time like the present in order to ensure you have thought of everything when it comes to technical considerations. It may have been a necessity up until this point, but employees working on personal devices presents a whole host of security vulnerabilities which could be easily exploited by cyber criminals.

Make security decisions for the long-term

 Nearly a year into the pandemic and with high infection rates across the UK, it’s clear that we’re in this for the long haul. With that in mind, don’t hastily make security decisions. Have a think about where you’re wanting your business to be in a few years’ time, and make sure that anything you put in place can cope with the development plans to save yourself some future hassle.

 Ensure members of staff have work laptops and aren’t using personal devices

 When your team started working from home, you expanded your network which needs protecting. If some, or all of them are using their own devices, then you’ve expanded your network and it’s now about as protective as a colander when you take into account the potential security issues of shared devices, out of date anti-virus, devices with no password protection – the list is endless. Giving them all a work laptop brings the network very much back under your control.

Think about implementing a VPN for secure remote access to your business network

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and it allows users to access your network remotely in a secure manner.

 Look at long-term options for communication

 These are all things you should be bearing in mind, and if you’re considering implementing them in your business it’s well worth starting to look into now, before other businesses also looking to make the permanent change are also demanding the same hardware and/or services.

If you’d like us to take a look at your setup as it is at the moment, have a chat about your plans, and make some suggestions for maximizing your security when it comes to remote working going forward, give us a call on 01732 617788 or drop us an email to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.