In mid-March of 2020, most businesses in the United States either shut down temporarily or sent all employees home to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As millions of Americans logged on to their home networks and personal desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones in an attempt to keep their companies afloat, cybersecurity issues arose as a complicated problem that companies had to manage. Many corporations – and law firms in particular – suffered data breaches, demonstrating that U.S. industry was not adequately prepared for this transition.
The private sector could learn a great deal from the federal government about securely managing teleworking employees. With no end to the pandemic in sight and with more employees indicating they would prefer to have the option of working from home after the pandemic eases, businesses will need to establish additional security protocols to continue to protect data assets. If they follow the government’s lead, there are many ways to secure data that can be implemented quickly and inexpensively.
Read our article for four strategies that businesses can implement with little effort to secure data for large-scale teleworking.
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