Empower Your Employees and Protect Your Business

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Businesses across North America faced myriad challenges in 2020. Many of these challenges will continue in 2021. However, as cybersecurity threats continue to proliferate, the biggest challenge might just be managing and securing remote workers.

Less than a year ago, most of us went into the office every morning and did our work in person and on office computers. Now many of us are working from home, on laptops and mobile phones while navigating new platforms and workflows.

Last March, many companies needed to quickly implement a remote working model that would work for employees, managers, and IT admins alike. With plenty of time to think about what’s working – and the realization that remote work will continue into 2021 – now is the perfect time to re-evaluate remote work protocols, ensure devices are protected, and increase overall safety.

One of the biggest benefits of remote work is a well-documented increase in productivity. A recent FlexJobs.com survey shows that remote working is working for employees – 95% of respondents say their productivity has remained consistent when working from home, and 51% say they are more productive.

Of course, security is a serious concern, especially when employees are juggling too many logins for too many business applications or sharing files between multiple unsecured devices. Data that isn’t properly synced is more than just an inconvenience — it can also lead to cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

So how can you help empower your remote workers while protecting their data and devices?

Employees need to understand how to use virtual private networks (VPNs), which enable secure connections to corporate networks. Password-protected WiFi connections are also a must. And every employee should use multi-factor authentication (MFA) to log into as many applications as possible. Single sign-on (SSO) is even better—it centralizes authentication and protects credentials so everyone on your team can use a single digital identity.

Managed IT services can offer companies a variety of useful services. One of the biggest is the automatic deployment of security patches and software updates to fix security vulnerabilities. This can help prevent ransomware attacks and minimize the fallout from phishing scams and network exploits, all of which have increased as remote working has become more common.

Remote workers need easy access to important files, while organizations need to ensure all data is protected. Enterprise-class file syncing and sharing services, along with proven data backup solutions, can make this easier. Cloud-based backups are reliable and remote, storing information in multiple locations. In the event of a power outage or other emergency, this data can be retrieved and virtualized to get your business up and running again.

As cybersecurity threats evolve, so must countermeasures against them. At CMIT Solutions, we employ multiple layers of security around your company’s IT infrastructure. This starts with strong firewalls and extends to antivirus software, active network management, traffic monitoring, DNS filtering and anti-spam protection. The more layers you have to protect your business, the better prepared you are to prevent attacks and mitigate problems.

We like to say that your team is your first line of defense on the internet. A well-trained employee who understands phishing schemes and security best practices can avoid small mistakes that can lead to bigger problems. And fostering awareness helps combat the complacency and “security fatigue” that many of today’s digital workers face.

The technological resources required to enable remote work do more than just protect your employees. Video conferencing and chat-based apps can also foster connection, clarity, and collaboration between your employees. After a long year of working from home, many of us feel isolated and disconnected from our colleagues, and those human connections are more important than ever — even if they happen online.

When we spend less time finding a file and more time actively working, we can get more done. This is why using the right remote work apps for your business is so important. ​​​​At CMIT Solutions, we’ve spent the past year helping our customers respond to this new reality, and we’re ready to help you succeed in 2021.

Do you need to solve short-term problems while planning for long-term success? Do you want to increase productivity while increasing safety? Ready to cut the cost of on-site office equipment and maintenance and reinvest it in smart remote work resources? Contact CMIT Solutions today.

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