Prioritize Internet Safety at Work
Human error and a poor workplace cybersecurity culture play a major role in security breaches and data loss in most businesses. In order to guarantee internet safety in the workplace, we wanted to share the most important features to stay mindful of.
The Top 5 Tips for Internet Safety in The Workplace
There are important things that your IT service firm should be doing to drastically reduce the possibility of a cyber security breach in your network systems. These five tips are the Holy Grail of internet safety:
- Updated Software is the First Line of Defense: Keeping all of your software applications updated is the first safety policy every employer should know. These applications, include web browsers, finance applications like Quickbooks, productivity software like Microsoft Office, and line-of-business applications like CRM and ERP systems, as well as your antivirus and antimalware applications. It is best that a list of approved software is created as part of the workplace policy, and that your IT provider updates these systems every week.
- Strong Passwords are the Second Line of Defense: A strong password policy for both employee computers and the Wi-Fi network must be put in place. For computers, emails, and shared files, a two-factor authentication process should be integrated in the workplace.
- Conduct Periodic Network Assessments: Do you know who and which devices have access to your systems and files, and when they are being accessed? Do you know the health of your IT systems and the security policies in place to safeguard them? If your answer is no, then a network assessment must be conducted as soon as possible. Identifying the loopholes in the office network and the different devices connected to it, is an important step in securing workplace internet. In situations where a business chooses to offer free Wi-Fi to the public, it is important that you separate the internet service for public use from that for the workplace.
- Regulate Social Media Use: This tip does not call for policing employee use of social media in their personal lives but focuses on the use of social media while connected to the office internet. The possibility of an employee clicking on a phishing or ransomware link while watching videos of cute puppies on YouTube is high. Therefore, it is recommended that workplace internet is used for only worker related tasks and not for browsing social media platforms or personal use.
- Train Staff on Internet Safety: Circling back to the role employers play in accelerating security breaches, it is important that employees are trained to spot cybersecurity threats. Employees should also be aware of the do’s and don’ts that apply when using the office Wi-Fi. Well trained staffs lead to a drastic reduction in data thefts and other security breaches.
So, here you have it, the five tips that can greatly improve the safety of the internet in your workplace. Implementing them should be a priority for your IT firm. If your team could use some professional education on safe internet usage, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at IND Corporation. We’re here to ensure each of our clients runs a safe and protected business.