There are many benefits that come with working remotely, but working in an office provides a certain level of protection you can’t get at home. Employees who work in the office have access to:
- Enterprise-level cybersecurity
- In-person IT services
- An environment where it’s relatively safe to leave hardware unattended
- An environment where it’s relatively safe to have others view your documents
In addition, most workplaces have established policies and procedures that focus on keeping everything secure. Once your workforce starts operating outside the office, they lose some of these protections.
Now that it’s 2021, a lot of companies that weren’t familiar with the risks of working from home are realizing they have vulnerabilities they didn’t have before. Some examples include employees connecting to unsecure networks or using personal devices for work purposes. Then there’s also the risk of strangers seeing internal documents or stealing company hardware. These are only a few examples of the vulnerabilities these companies face.
If you want to implement a work-from-home business model, it’s important to take these risks into consideration. From there you can create IT security protocols and policies that close up the vulnerabilities caused by telecommuting. But what work-from-home policies and procedures should you implement?