Prioritizing cybersecurity in hybrid environments

How SMBs can keep data and devices protected - no matter where work is being done.

For many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), prioritizing cybersecurity in hybrid work environments is a challenge. In recent years, a large number of SMBs have shifted to a hybrid workplace structure, where employees work from home for a portion of the work week. During the process of transitioning from fully in-person to hybrid, many SMBs have needed to change the security measures they have in place in order to protect the data of their remote workers. 

There are a few factors that SMBs need to consider when choosing their security protection, but the most important one to keep in mind is the technology and devices each worker uses. SMBs need to understand the usage patterns for each device in order to make an informed decision about how to protect their data and networks. In this article, we will discuss the ways SMBs can keep their data safe in a hybrid work environment.

How to keep business data safe when employees aren’t in the office

It’s no secret that SMBs are increasingly targeted by cybercriminals. In fact, a recent cybersecurity study by Hiscox found that SMBs are more targeted by cyberattacks than larger enterprises.

One of the most common ways SMBs are being attacked is through remote workers. With more and more employees working from home, cybercriminals have found new ways to exploit gaps in security so they can gain access to sensitive business data.

So what can SMBs do to protect their data when employees work remotely? Here are some tips:

Defining the organization’s security posture

The first step is to define the organization’s security posture. This means creating a clear picture of what data needs to be protected, and how, as well as the current state of the organization’s security. This will help the organization identify any gaps in its current security measures and develop a plan to address them.

Conducting a risk assessment is one way to identify which assets and data are the most important. The risk assessment process is essential in eliminating any disjointed security products and practices that waste time and money.

Implementing a remote access solution

One of the most effective ways to protect business data is to implement a remote access solution, for example using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN will encrypt all data sent between the employee’s device and the company network. This means that even if a cybercriminal intercepts the data, they will not be able to interpret it.

Training employees in cybersecurity awareness

Another important step is to train employees in cybersecurity awareness. This will help them understand the importance of keeping business data safe and measures they can take to protect it. There are many ways to educate employees on cybersecurity awareness. One option is to use online training modules or e-learning courses. The training should cover topics such as password security, phishing scams, and social engineering.

Reviewing security policies and procedures regularly

It is also important to review and update security policies on a regular basis. This will ensure they are up-to-date and effective. The review process should involve all employees, so that everyone is aware of the policies and procedures.

Keep your business safe today

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