I remember working with clients who wanted to have remote staff and coming up with solutions to share documents in a secure way and giving access to servers through slow Internet connections. That has changed dramatically! 

Today, there are a number of hosting platforms with robust capabilities, computers are faster at processing data, and Internet connections at home can reach 1Gb speeds….it is so much easier to work remotely and collaborate with teams from all over the world.

What has become more of an issue is how remote staff increase the chance of a data breach. It is much more likely that a remote employee will open a door to a potential attacker looking to breach client data [https://www.techrepublic.com/article/do-remote-workers-increase-your-chance-of-a-data-breach-86-of-cxos-say-yes] and it can be harder for many organization to mitigate this risk if they don’t work with a technology consultant.

Shredit.com publishes a yearly report to help business managers understand the risks that come with increased technology usage. According to the report [https://www.shredit.com/getmedia/b5de58fd-7e17-4d18-b718-9eca8d0665a6/Shred-it-2018-North-America-State-of-the-Industry.aspx?ext=.pdf] 96% of Americans think employee negligence contributes to breaches. That is a staggering number. When a breach happens, negligence is the absolute worst outcome for civil and criminal penalties.

One of the main points we stress with our clients is that whatever is in place to help prevent breaches needs to keep them from being called negligent. We suggest a focus on implementing solutions and training that are reasonable and acceptable. These can be:

  • Develop plans to identify where data is and who has access to it;
  • Implement training programs to help staff – your first line of defense;
  • Deploy tools with advanced threat protection to protect from web-borne threats;
  • Evaluate and monitor with the help of a technology consultant.

 One thing we consistently find is that business owners and managers ignore looking at cybersecurity because it can be daunting and confusing. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. Check out this simple offering to help SMB and SOHO professionals.

We include some tools that provide basic protection for your team. Contact us for a free phone call to talk about your particular needs and determine what next steps make sense. We are here for you and look forward to being of service.

Luis Delgado

Luis Delgado

Founder

Luis Delgado is a father, husband, community resource, speaker, and entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT and cybersecurity. Our clients come from every industry in Central Texas.

Luis is a certified HIPAA professional and is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families.