As businesses institute widespread remote work policies and procedures to facilitate social distancing and “flatten the curve,” they should be mindful of increased data privacy and security risks. The risks can range from pandemic-related phishing emails to increased pressure on network architecture to user oversight as we all try to find ways to be efficient under new and stressful conditions. Hackers will try to take advantage of uncertain and sometimes chaotic circumstances.
Below is a checklist of fundamental measures businesses and employees should implement to mitigate the data privacy and security risks associated with working remotely. Most of these measures require an investment of time, not money, through adoption of sound policies and behavior adjustment. You can maintain good privacy and security as we respond to COVID-19. Here’s how: