Work-life balance is important. The ability to work from home offers people the ability to have the best of both worlds. However, before employers offer this benefit, consideration should be given to securing the home environment. First and foremost, cyber awareness training is a key component in having teammates work safely from home.
In a recent article, James Leggate of Fox Business quotes Nationwide Insurance’s VP of Cyber Insurance, Catherine Rudow:
“Many employees may not realize the magnitude of risk associated with a cyberattack as they may not have engaged in a formal training process,” Rudow said. “The scary truth is that many small business owners, even if they are aware of these risks, have not implemented all the proper measures of protection.”
According to Nationwide, the security lapses employees may have at remote locations represent one of the largest threats to cybersecurity for a business. An attacker could break into a worker’s computer over a public Wi-Fi network in a restaurant, coffee shop, or mall, for example.
“What may seem like a harmless Wi-Fi network could ultimately pose serious troubles for a business.”
I’ve said this time after time – it physically pains me when I hear of a small business owner being the victim of a cybercrime. Most of these are preventable with proper training and a few updated procedures.
As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”