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Data security during the COVID-19 pandemic is more important than ever

fraud, scam, government, accountingThe COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the global economy and businesses world-wide. Companies across the globe are quickly pivoting to adapt to new ways of doing business in order to keep their business going while people lock down. One consideration that should be top of mind for all companies is how to protect your data, security and privacy.

With so many employees working from home, hackers are sneaking in through the cracks changes in routines create. While regulatory requirements (GDPR, CCPA, NYDFS, PCI DSS, CFIUS, HIPAA, HITRUST, SOX,) still need to be adhered to, you may have sacrificed some security when you went mobile. In order to safe guard data security, support services need to be in place to keep systems and operations secure.

Securing remote access

Here are some remote access best practices that safe guard security while allowing flexibility in work locations.

  • Have secure remote connections to access company servers. Use multi-factor authentications and VPNs so data can be transmitted over public networks securely.
  • Set timeouts for connections and workstations. Open connections with no time limits give intruders a lot of time to work and unattended workstations are easily accessible.
  • Avoid using personal email accounts for company business. Remind your employees to not to use personal email accounts, mobile texts or third-party apps.

How will businesses secure mobile assets?

Before sending your workforce home for the duration, make sure mobile workstations are secured. Encrypt your data and secure your access.

For more information and resources on COVID-19, see our coronavirus page. Feel free to contact your Henry+Horne tax adviser with any questions.

Beth Hawley