Quality Data Security for COVID-19
Our world is facing a literal storm of the century in terms of contagious disease, and the impact it has on daily life is still not fully understood. During this uncertainty, it’s pretty standard for business owners to wonder whether they could shave expenses by reducing their data security. However, during this time, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have quality data security in place for your home and business needs.
Why Do You Need Quality Data Security for COVID-19?
We’ve made a sudden shift as a society with how we do business and get work done. Because of stay-at-home orders, children out of school, and vulnerable populations, more people are working from home than ever before, and some experts say that this could be a permanent shift in our work environment. At the same time, people are spending more time on social media, and contacts from people purporting to be from the CDC or IRS can seem legitimate when they are not, leaving them open to identity theft.
Before the pandemic, it was estimated that 3.6% of the population worked from home, as compared to 56% that could at least partially work from home. This represents a 15-fold increase in the number of employees working from home, many of whom are not familiar with the security risks that can occur when the home is not correctly set up as a workplace. How do you make sure that your business and customer data is still secure when it’s being used or stored on a home-bound employee’s computer?
At the same time, there has been a four-fold increase in cybercrime, according to the FBI. Zoom, the popular virtual meeting software, has had to address security issues that left online meetings open to surveillance. Social media challenges ask for personal information that allows identity thieves to answer your security questions. Because office workers are spread out, it takes a range of security tools to keep them operating safely and without compromising personal, business, or customer data.
This needs to be a multi-faceted approach. Not only do you need to have the right tools in place to avoid these situations, but they also need to have a solid understanding of how these tools work to protect data, how to use them while working from home and how failing to do so can result in serious issues for your personal or company’s bottom line. You also need to understand the importance of updating your software regularly and staying on top of any changes in your business’ security protocols that come down from management as potential security issues are discovered and managed.
By having a solid grasp of how to keep yourself and your business safe during the outbreak, you can ensure that you’ll be able to get through this with minimal risk. Alvarez Technology Group can provide you with reliable solutions to your business needs. Reach out today to get started.