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06.10.21

Hybrid working is becoming the new normal, with many companies offering employees the flexibility to work from home or in the office. Whilst security needs may remain relatively unchanged in the office, extra security measures may be needed for those continuing to work remotely or from home networks. 

 

What is cyber security? 

Cyber security refers to the security measures and procedures put in place to protect IT systems, business infrastructures and devices against cyber threats such as malware, ransomware, unauthorised entries, denial-of-service attacks and so on.  

 

How has cyber security changed? 

Global lockdown restrictions led to a rapid rise in remote working which compromised company security. Remote devices and networks aren’t supposed to handle such large-scale use of personal or sensitive data and therefore aren’t equipped with the same level of security as company managed IT infrastructures. Businesses had to find new ways to ensure that remote devices could be used safely and securely.  

 

What security measures can help to manage and protect your business? 

Virtual Private Network (VPN) 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows employees to make a secure and protected connection to another network, such as your business network, via the internet. A VPN provides secure access for remote workers to local resources, such as documents and files, as though they are connected to the office network. VPN connection also offers the same level as protection as an office connection. This ensures that your employees are protected against external threats while working from home.  

Syscom can help your business set up complete VPN solutions for all remote-working staff –  which they can access with ease. This process is both simple and very quick to implement into your current setups, whether your staff are working from PCs, laptops or other devices. 

 

Device Encryption 

Whether your employees are out of the office at customer sites or working from home, device security is important for any sensitive or important data held on remote devices to ensure protection against cyber threat. 

Device encryption ensures that if a laptop, phone or any other device is lost or stolen, it will be encrypted to minimise the possibility of data leaks. Encryption is established through password protection and device management policies.  
 

Email Security  

Email security threats increased dramatically as more people started working from home as they become easier targets for attacks such as phishing and malware.  

Email security is vital to ensure business data and communications are kept secure and safe from external threats. End-to-end hosted email security increases detection rates across incoming emails to ensure you only receive what you’re meant to. Advanced hosted security detects and blocks malicious attacks to significantly reduce the risk and number of malicious emails coming into your network. 

 

Managed Anti-Virus Protection 

Scattered working locations increases the risk of viruses, malware, spyware, ransomware and other threats. The only way to guarantee business security in today’s working world, therefore, is through complete IT protection. By using anti-virus and anti-spyware software, you can protect your servers and end-points from malicious software entering your network. This is a must for businesses, especially when dealing with a mobile workforce. Our managed security services will help you prevent all known and emerging threats including viruses, rootkits, worms, spyware and malware. Our managed anti-virus IT security will also filter and scan incoming emails for spam, malicious attachments and other content with native support for Microsoft Outlook. 

 

Maybe a security and vulnerability assessment may help your business identify where security improvements need to be made? 

At Syscom, we provide a systematic assessment to identify security weaknesses within a given company or business whether it be a single site or multiple locations.  

We ensure that all systems are vigorously checked to evaluate if the system is susceptible to any threats or vulnerabilities and provide severity levels for each point identified to outline the risks involved. We not only outline the key areas in your IT infrastructure that need attention, but also provide recommendations so you can understand how these security risks can be reduced and eliminated from your current IT systems.