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Security Risks of Hybrid Workers

How to Keep Your Company Data Safe

In the last few years more and more companies have adopted a hybrid model for their workforce. Allowing employees to work off site has become popular and although this model has many benefits for both workers and their companies, there are certain security risks that must be addressed to ensure your company data is safe. Take a look:

Data Loss/Theft Due to Public WiFi Access

Employees working remotely often choose to work at a public place where they can access WiFI. Whether it’s a local coffee shop, library or some other location, this activity can pose a danger to your company’s data. While staff members may assume their activity in a public space is innocuous, the reality is that hackers and other unscrupulous people can gain access to usernames and passwords, leaving your company open to data breaches, and malware issues. It’s crucial for remote workers to use a secure network when working off site, even if just checking emails. 

Documents with Sensitive/Confidential Information Breached

Employees who have paperwork with confidential company information while working remotely must follow security policies to reduce the risk of breaches. Documents should not be left laying around in public places or thrown into their home trash or recycling bins. Doing so provides an opportunity for thieves to steal sensitive information–and even the smallest details can be just enough for a breach.

Weak Passwords

Using strong passwords is key to protecting your organization and should be a priority in your security policy. Remote workers, just like workers onsite, must maintain strong passwords to reduce the risk of hacks. Leaving laptops unattended in public places–stepping away to grab a coffee or use the restroom, is just one way in which your company network could be accessed if passwords are weak.

Mobile Shredding

Whether your company is already using a mobile shredding service or not, this is one of the top ways to ensure documents are permanently and securely destroyed. Utilizing a mobile shredding partner to shred documents at your office and at remote workers homes, will reduce the risk of loss and corporate ID theft. Your shredding provider can shred documents on a regular basis to protect your business and keep confidential data safe.

In a world where many companies are allowing their teams to work remotely, even on a hybrid basis, it’s imperative that security processes are in place and followed by all team members.

All Points Mobile Shredding can help safeguard your company from data theft and corporate ID theft by providing full service shredding and destruction. Our shredding trucks come to your office or home and all shredding is performed in front of you. We provide a certificate of destruction with every shred and can customize a shredding schedule that works best for your business. Give us a call today or fill out this form to learn more.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Mobile Shredding. All Points Mobile Shredding is a family-owned and operated on-site document destruction company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.

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