Employees and flexible working…

Flexible working is on the increase as technology advances to the point where we no longer need a place of employment, just a convenient spot where connectivity is good so we can simply switch-on, log-in and away we go.

It will mean substantial savings for firms in the future who may not have to go through the expensive rigmarole of finding the right premises, fitting it out and providing all the health and safety requirements associated with the workplace.

It’s a convenient option for staff who can still accept gainful employment and work their hours around the job pretty much to suit themselves, the boss and the business.

Employers can use this to their advantage as well by taking on the best person for their needs even if the employee has ties and commitments that would probably have ruled them out of the equation in times past.

So, it’s a win-win situation without any drawbacks. . .or is it?

Working remotely on the various mobile devices available today can pose problems in terms of security. Phones, tablets, laptops and PCs can be lost or stolen and then there’s the big risk of cyber security.

So what should business owners be doing to ensure these devices are secure when used away from the office? It’s also sound advice for the workplace.

Be aware of the risks of staff using their own mobile devices for work purposes. The two don’t mix well and should be avoided if at all possible.

If your employees are using laptops provided by the business make sure they are kept in the office as much as possible and are only taken home when really necessary for work purposes.

Make sure you use passwords on all devices and take steps to create the most secure passwords possible – and remember them! Don’t go to the trouble of creating a password and then writing it down on a piece of paper so you don’t forget it!

Security software is readily available and should be used to protect against cyber threats like Trojans, spyware and viruses. It’s another basic step you can take to ensure some basic level of security.

Back-up your data and ensure only the minimum amount of business information is kept on the mobile device. Backing up the data on the server will also ensure you still have the information in the unfortunate event of the PC or laptop going missing.

There are many ways to protect your data and the devices used to process it for your business needs. If you are unsure whether you have adequate protection and would like to find out more, contact us at PC Net by telephoning 01743 290588 or email katy@pcnetsolutions.co.uk