It will be some time before life returns to “normal” in the UK and even then, things will no doubt be different.
Teams up and down the county have responded to what’s happening and stayed resilient by working from home.
But, how is remote working supporting many companies in their attempt to be resilient through these strange economic times? And, how are they remaining compliant every step of the way?
Working from Home
Thousands, if not millions, of employees, are working from home as a result of this pandemic.
From Microsoft Teams calls to Zoom, progress in using technology has proven to be an excellent benefit for businesses across the country.
Technology (and a reliable Internet line) hasn’t been relied on as much as it has in these unprecedented times.
While working away from the office is allowing businesses to continue efficiently, it does come with risk:
- Data Protection
With an increase in the number of employees working from home, your people must understand the importance of protecting personal data on the IT they are using.
It’s all well and good if your company is following Data Protection legislation within an office environment, you must still ensure this doesn’t get thrown out the window with your remote workers. Especially if they are new to working at home or remotely.
- Cyber Security
Producing an effective Cyber Security Policy comes with an understanding of where your own security is currently at.
If your business is susceptible to a cyber-attack then you must be ready to deal with this unfortunate risk… both for those working in an office and from their own home. Any system is only as good as the weakest link and regrettably, this is most likely to be an individual away from the discipline of the office environment.
Similar to protecting data, think about how you can remain compliant while keeping resilient throughout the lockdown.
Understand more about Cyber Security at the NCSC website here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/about-ncsc/what-is-cyber-security
Stay safe from online scams by taking simple steps while working from home.
Check your privacy settings, be aware of unsolicited emails, always use unique, strong passwords (use a trusted password manager – not the browser), update your software regularly, make sure your network is set up correctly, change all the default passwords on devices to a secure one and avoid using public Wi-Fi connections.
There is more information about Fraud and Cyber Crime on the Action Fraud website here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Remember – your business must trade legally and it is your responsibility to do so ethically – no matter where your staff are based. Take full responsibility and get in touch with us on how you can remain compliant while focused on being resilient.