Cybersecurity in the Age of Hybrid Working

The coronavirus pandemic brought about change in all aspects of life, including how we work. Many of us have spent at least part of the last two years working remotely, which wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible technological developments of recent years.

It now seems inevitable that hybrid working is here to stay, and so technology – and cybersecurity – must continue to evolve in order to keep up with the demands of modern life. This blog explores some of the key things companies must take into account when navigating their cybersecurity in the age of hybrid working.

Increased filesharing

Flexible working hours and locations mean that employees are now file-sharing more than ever before, so there is now a greater need to protect those files as they enter and exit your business’ network.

You can install software that uses encryption and authentication mechanisms to allow the safe transfer of files both inside and outside your organisation. Some even include content inspection tools, which can protect against harmful viruses or other types of cyberattacks. The software does all of this behind-the-scenes, so to speak, so it won’t interfere with your employees’ tasks or interrupt workflow.

Endpoint protection

Remote working involves more endpoints than working in the office – for example, workers will be connected to their home internet network whilst accessing your business’ systems. Their mobile phone may also be connected to corporate systems via their own internet or a public network. Your company will need to ensure that your security policies and protections extend to those endpoints, as well as those in the office.

Software solutions can identify any important data that requires protection, provide complete security against unauthorised actions, and prevent malicious attacks and data loss.

Employee awareness

Employers will need to be able to trust that their employees are aware of cybersecurity and are able to identify potential threats. This can be more challenging than it initially seems, as phishing attempts and social engineering techniques can take all sorts of different forms.

Training is one of the best ways to ensure your employees are up to speed on cybersecurity. Some companies even send out fake phishing emails to determine whether their staff interact with them and who they need to provide with extra training.

Advanced email and web security solutions also play a key role in ensuring cybersecurity. Email security solutions remove any spam or malicious emails and disable URLs in emails and attachments before they even arrive in a person’s inbox. This reduces the volume of threats entering the network and provides added protection against social engineering techniques.

Secure email communication

Email remains the main communication method in the business world. Anyone who has worked remotely knows how valuable digital communication is when it can’t be done face-to-face. That being said, email increases vulnerability to potential threats.

Therefore, secure email communication is vital in ensuring your organisation’s network is protected. Email security solutions can prevent data loss, phishing attacks, and other cyberattacks, encrypt data when file-sharing, filter out spam, and generally provide an extra, dependable layer of security. It does all of this without impacting communication, meaning business operations can continue as normal.

MailCleaner understands how important online safety is, wherever you’re operating from. This is why we offer anti-sam and anti-virus solutions that can secure your communications and protect your business from harmful cyberattacks. Contact us to find out more.