Is your network security up-to-scratch and able to cope with the demands of remote working?
With more people working from home as part of their regular working day, network security is more important than ever. At TLP we have taken every essential step to ensure ours and our clients security is as fool proof as it can possibly be:
- Strong passwords: to ward off hackers and unwanted visitors
- Increased security steps: by using a remote desktop gateway we are able to access office pc’s from any location
- Thorough PC auditing: to ensure all anti-virus software is up-to-date
- Encryption: enabling Bitlocker to encrypt the hard disk on remote devices
Should employees be using work laptops rather than their own?
As an employer there are numerous benefits to ensuring your staff are all working from laptops you provide and manage; the fundamental one being that you retain control over the laptop connecting to your office network. In this way, you can ensure the laptop is set up in a secure way with adequate passwords, antivirus software and full encryption to keep your company information confidential.
As part of our post-Covid work-from-home security checks, we are taking steps to ensure that all of our client’s laptops meet the stringent security standards we abide by for our own computer security.
The importance of a strong password
Strong passwords are the first line of defence against unauthorised access to your computers. They are essential to keep your confidential details safe from hackers, viruses and malicious bots that can threaten your security, disrupt your business, and cause countless damage to your brand reputation. Sophisticated password-guessing bots mean it’s becoming easier for automated systems to guess and gain access to your information. Fortunately, setting a strong password does not have to be difficult. We advise all of our clients to ensure their passwords meet the following criteria, to give them the best defence possible:
- The more characters, the better. Aim for at least 8-10 – more if possible
- Mix up your cases. A mix of upper- and lower-case letters will create a stronger password
- Don’t be bound by letters. Use numbers too
- Remember your character keys and include at least one special character, for example., @?!%
Antivirus and internet security protocols
Just as important as ensuring all passwords are strong, is making sure your antivirus and internet security is up to date. By ensuring you have comprehensive antivirus software for your employees’ laptops you are limiting the potential for your business to fall victim to cybercrime and preventing hackers stealing sensitive business information. Strong antivirus software will help protect you against ransomware attacks, malware, spyware and other types of security breach. Whatever your company policy on using business laptops for personal use, there is always going to be a greater risk of staff accessing sites from home that they wouldn’t do from the office, making antivirus even more important.