With companies adapting to a majority of the workforce operating remotely, it is important to consider the security of employee and company data while also maintaining the productivity of in-office workflow. We Solve Problems works with companies across industries and have developed best practices to be implemented in most companies with under 100 employees.
We Solve Problems focuses on low-cost, high-value IT solutions because let’s face it – it’s important for companies to save money. Here are 8 vital tips We Solve Problems suggests for maintaining security and productivity of a team while working from home.
Two-Factor Auth (2FA) – The most important thing to do is to enforce 2-Factor Authentication(2FA) for employee emails. One can use Authy, Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator, or most password management apps. If there’s even just one mailbox that doesn’t have it, then that could be the entry point for a hacker to get into a company’s system, all the files, and be able to send fraudulent emails to its clients and get information and money from them. Companies don’t want that. This is one of the best ways to protect a company’s account.
Password Management – Chances are that a company or company’s employees have a system for passwords – either using the same password or password pattern on many sites and services and/or storing passwords in a contact text file or note. This is very insecure. The business absolutely needs to implement a password policy and get everyone in the company using a password manager to generate unique passwords. It’s actually a fairly simple process since there are apps that will do this. These apps are designed to secure all passwords and generate a unique random password for every site and service used. Companies only must remember the password to that program.
Active Monitoring – All companies need a trusted security team to watch over their systems and make sure there are no ongoing threats. Ensure that its firewall, servers, and each workstation have proper monitoring established with detailed logs.
Data Backups – In the event of a disaster, whether that’s a data breach or human error, businesses need to have a plan to get the company back up and running right away. Pay attention to the RPO (Recovery Point Objective), how much work time would be lost if it would have to restore from a backup, and the RTO (Recovery Time Objective), how long the company is down. With a solid system in place, it should only lose at most 5x minutes of work and be down for 10x minutes.
Data Protection – Companies should be sure to have safeguards in place to monitor who in the company has access to which data sources. Companies might have access to files established for employees that have long left their firm. Those same individuals could be sharing that data with their new employer. Companies need to have a plan for what to do with employee-owned devices that might company emails. We Solve Problems can help set up and monitor top-notch data protection.
Anti-Malware – In the past, companies only had to ensure that all their servers and workstations had anti-malware software installed. Now, they will also need their firewall to be running the latest protection software. Companies will want an expert to help them navigate the hundreds of anti-malware products out there but having anti-malware software is not optional! Also, companies may be wondering about the difference between antivirus and anti-malware software. Anti-malware software IS an antivirus with the added capability of catching threats that go beyond anti-virus.
Domain Security & Deliverability – One of the most common mistakes that companies make is forgetting to secure their domain for email delivery. Companies must configure SPF and DKIM records to ensure that their emails are properly verified to be real. They also need to monitor the web for fake emails coming from their company. With the proper tools in place, this will be as easy as a weekly email digest informing them of their company’s email health.
Stop Using RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol, the world’s most common remote access software has been compromised many times over. It would now be negligent to run any such application for users to log into remotely. Instead, they will need to utilize VPN because the data is encrypted, and it can have powerful security features like 2FA (described above).
About We Solve Problems
Founded in 2015, since its inception, We Solve Problems has bucked the trend of ‘reactive’ IT solutions, taking a proactive stance and a performance-minded approach to helping its clients improve efficiency and productivity while reducing costs.
As a leading managed IT support services provider, We Solve Problems provides services to businesses and organizations spanning a broad range of industries across the greater Los Angeles area.
The company specializes in IT solutions aimed at helping businesses overcome IT challenges so they can focus on objectives and day-to-day operations, not technological headaches.
Those interested in learning more about the company or in scheduling a consultation are encouraged to reach out via its official website or by calling 310-998-7070.
Company Name: We Solve Problems
Contact Person: Ashkaan Hassan
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Address:9701 Wilshire Blvd Suite 100
City: Beverly Hills
Country: United States