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How to set remote workers up for success


Remote Teams Set Up Checklist

Most businesses now have remote or hybrid work as standard policy. This has made it absolutely crucial for businesses to maintain the productivity and security of their remote teams. Setting them up with the right tools and resources can be the difference between success or not. Below are five essential points to consider.

1. Secure Devices and Data

Remote work security risks should be the first area any businesses addresses. To do this, businesses should ensure that remote workers have secure devices with up to date security software, like EDR. Businesses should implement strict information security policies for remote workers, which include guidelines for data access, storage, and sharing, to safeguard business critical or sensitive information.

2. Appropriate Hardware

You wouldn't want to rent an F1 car to move home. The same applies to office hardware. Sometimes the high-end, flashy machinery isn't appropriate for the task at hand. Businesses should make sure to provide remote workers with appropriate hardware that actually supports their tasks. This includes laptops or desktops with sufficient processing power, memory, and operating system software. Make sure your hardware is capable of running company software and is operating on a professional OS, like Windows Pro.

3. Correctly Configured Devices

It is vital to properly configure devices being used by remote workers' devices to adhere to business security standards and policies. This includes setting up secure login credentials and restricting access to unauthorised applications or website. Ensure devices are regularly updated and patched as new vulnerabilities are discovered.

4. Internet Connectivity

Remote workers will require reliable internet connectivity. Businesses should make sure that remote workers have access to high-speed internet connections. For some home workers, this can be a simple broadband upgrade, while others will require internet products with more proactive SLAs or higher guaranteed speeds.

5. Access to Necessary Apps and Data

Businesses with remote work policies should ensure that their remote teams have access to necessary applications and data to perform their roles. Cloud-based collaboration platforms like Microsoft 365 can help remote workers to remotely access documents, emails and communication tools. If your application structure is on-premise, consider implementing a secure VPN or remote desktop solution to allow remote workers to access company resources from home.

Setting up remote workers for success while away from the office requires a proactive approach to security and productivity. Businesses can ensure that remote employees have the tools and resources they need by ensuring they follow our guide. Mason Infotech also recommend establishing clear information security policies for remote workers and communicating them regularly to team members, as well as providing regular training.

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