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Hiring a team that you don’t get to see face-to-face may seem like a crazy notion, however, there are lots of great reasons to employ remote workers.

 

These reasons include productivity. By letting your employees work in the place that they feel most at home, they’ll be at their most comfortable and relaxed, and they’ll be able to work better. They’ll also be more flexible. Because they’ll work their day around themselves, you’ll get them at their most productive.

 

The ability to hire employees from anywhere in the world means that you can hire the best talent rather than just focusing your attention on those that live closest.  And, of course, if you don’t have employees coming into the office, you don’t need an office, so you can save money.

 

But one of the downsides to employees working from home is the security risks.

 

In this article, we’ll discuss the security risks associated with remote working. We’ll also talk about what you can do to limit these risks.

 

Keeping The Network Secure

 

First and foremost, an issue that needs to be addressed is the network that your employee will be accessing your valuable and sensitive data via.

 

Home networks tend to not be the most secure. Most people have a basic router with Wi-Fi. The majority of people never change the password that comes pre-set on the router. Security measures may just consist of anti-virus software on laptops and any pre-installed firewalls.

 

All of this is easy for a hacker to get through. And, if your employee is handling valuable information, then it won’t be long before some form of cyberattack comes their way.

 

To protect their home network, set up a Virtual Private Network, or a VPN. This will give your network an additional layer of security making it harder for hackers to find and attack.

 

Make Use Of Managed IT Service Providers

 

One of the important things to remember about your security is that you don’t have to manage the security of your network and your remote workers all on your own. If you haven’t got an IT department, and you don’t have outsourced support, now is the time to find and make use of a Managed IT Service Provider.

 

By bringing in the expert support of an external IT support company, you’ll be putting your business on a much safer footing.

 

A managed IT service provider will be able to provide 24/7 monitoring of all of your systems. They can help you to set up and manage cloud-based IT systems that will automatically backup your data to the cloud. This will mean that your information is 100% safe at all times and you won’t run the risk of human error causing data loss.

 

A managed service provider will help you to create disaster recovery plans. These will be useful in the event of something drastic happening. You’ll have the support in place to minimize the loss when you need it the most.