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Setting Your Business up to Work from Home Securely

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As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many businesses are assessing how they can prioritize their employee safety and still maintain regular business operations.

One solution many businesses are turning to is recommending employees to work from home to avoid potential illnesses. Most recently, Google has recommended all North American employees work from home if their role allows it.

With the likely increase in remote work, companies will have to prepare in various ways to avoid cybersecurity risks or interruptions to business. The primary challenge is that when your workforce shifts to remote the security risk increases. Therefore, the firewalls, and other security features you have in place at your office, could be ineffective when employees head home.

CISA’s VPN Guidance

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an alert on 3/13 to encourage organizations to adopt a heightened state of cybersecurity. According to the CISA, remote work options require a VPN solution to connect employees to an organization’s network.  The CISA encourages organizations to review the following recommendations when considering alternate workplace options: