The summer is finally upon us after a particularly gloomy winter ruled by the COVID-19 pandemic, which means that many employees are already scheduling their upcoming vacations.
Who isn’t planning to take any time off this summer are cybercriminals. In fact, you can expect them to work overtime and attempt to take advantage of employees traveling with personal and work devices containing sensitive business data.
As such, protecting these employees should be your top priority this time of year, and we have a handful of tips for you to help you keep summertime cyber threats at bay.
Employee Training Goes a Long Way
A lot has been said and written about the importance of cybersecurity awareness training, and now is the best time to put theory into practice. You should give your employees a quick cybersecurity refresher, reminding them of different types of threats they can encounter during their time off and equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves.
Protect Important Data Using Cloud Storage
When traveling and vacationing, physical backups are not just impractical, but they are also inadequate. As the 3-2-1 backup strategy preaches, you should always have at least one copy of your data off-site for disaster recovery. The good news is that cloud storage solutions such as Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive make this easy, and all employees should be encouraged to use their enterprise versions to back up important work files.
Public Wi-Fi Should Be Used with Caution
As convenient as public Wi-Fi access points are, it’s very difficult for the average employee to distinguish them from honeypots set up by cybercriminals to steal passwords, bank and credit card details, as well as other personal information. That’s why they are best completely avoided (unlimited mobile internet access is a good alternative) or at least used in conjunction with a virtual private network (VPN), which creates an encrypted tunnel for data packets to go through.
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Enabling multi-factor authentication is an essential security measure when logging in to business applications from remote locations because it provides an additional layer of security that can compensate for stolen passwords. The best thing about MFA is that its implementation cost is virtually zero, so there’s really no reason not to enable it.
Encourage Employees to Separate Work and Fun
Many employees, especially those who have been working remotely for some time, find it difficult to leave their work devices at home when going on a vacation. While there’s no harm in responding to the occasional email, it’s better when employees finish all important work before they put on their Hawaiian shirts and skirts. Working on a beach with a delicious contain in one hand and a laptop in the other one can lead to careless mistakes, whose consequences are definitely not worth finishing a PowerPoint presentation or completing an Excel spreadsheet a few days early.
If you want this summer to provide you with the much-needed opportunity to relax after a winter full of lockdowns and social distancing measures, then you can’t afford to lose focus on cybersecurity. Get in touch with us at Spectrum Technology Solutions to learn about how to protect your employees while they enjoy their well-deserved time off.