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As an SME, what is your checklist to ensure cyber security when managing remote employees?

Having known that online businesses have been most vulnerable to cyber attacks, what do you do to ensure complete cybersecurity and ascertain that your data doesn't fall into the wrong hands?

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Here are some cybersecurity best practices for a remote team. I hope they help you.

- Study your data flow to understand who has access to your data and what endpoints your data is reaching. You can better understand remote access capabilities, what's being shared and exert great control if you understand exactly what you need to control.

- Establish and put into action a security awareness training program for your entire company to take part in regularly. Make sure the training consists of interactive demonstrations. Discuss real breaches and explore what could’ve prevented the attacks. Educate your teams on social engineering attacks and the insider threat. This may be completed through video conferencing.

- Create comprehensive data security policies that cover all facets of your remote organization and teams. Make sure to cover these policies at onboarding and training. An example of a data security policy is removing all remote access to data and company systems, VPN, removing credentials, etc. when an employee leaves the company. This policy works to see that ex-employees cannot access the system.

- Decide what security features you need for your data security and automate them if possible. For example, employ DLP software to monitor data transfers and endpoints. Automate encryption and patch maintenance/repair schedules.

- Devote time to researching PAM (privileged access management) best practices. Your privileged access users have more in-depth access to sensitive data. Be sure to understand the scope of what they can access, change and do. Create policies and guidelines accordingly.

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