Challenges To Remote Working

There was a time all we wanted was to work from home and avoid what seemed as a long commute to and from work. We all imagined working from home thought we would have long pyjama days, watch Netflix or binge eat. However, working from home during Covid-19 has left us feeling the opposite. Isolated, bored and many missing regular office gossip along with tea and coffee breaks with our colleagues.

Now in winter, which can be a difficult time of year, the days grow shorter and darker. Therefore, this winter 2020 we should expect it to be a particularly testing time. The usual stresses of the season mixed with the anxieties surrounding Covid-19 and the restrictions that follow are additional emotional vulnerabilities. Those who continue remote working have found themselves working longer hours and struggling to maintain connections with their colleagues while workplaces remain shut.

Stay Safe your mental health is important

Employers have a responsibility to develop sufficient support and wellbeing resources. Primaliry for keeping employees motivated, engaged, and mentally healthy through the final furlong of 2020 and into the New Year. Mental Health UK provides information and support on how to look after your mental health while working from home.

We visited this topic back in April the impact Covid-19 may have on not only IT security but our mental health. Lets now talk about the sudden shift to remote working this year as a result of Covid-19, which has left organisations at a higher risk of cyber-attacks. This has created many cybersecurity challenges as it is a topic often over looked and many organisations lack the experience, protocols and technologies to enable a safe remote workforce.
The challenges we face when so many employees are working from home for the first time, is the understanding surrounding cybersecurity awareness training.

Careless employees are the number one cause of cybersecurity breaches and the risk increases substantially when working remotely. We have a simple solution to protect and equip your employees with awareness training in cybersecurity and phishing attacks. Equipping your employees with the right knowledge and tools will go a long way in protecting your valuable data and your organisation’s reputation.

How Does Data Protection Training Help

  • Advise staff on their data protection responsibilities.
  • Advise management on data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) when necessary.
  • Monitor data protection policies and procedures.
  • To serve as a point of contact for individuals on privacy.
  • To serve as a point of contact between the organization and its supervisory authority.

A Data Breach A Data Disaster

Hotel firm Marriott has been fined £18.4m over customer data breach. The Marriott does not contest the decision and it has been reported an estimated 339 million customers are affected. Reports states, a cyber attack, from an unknown source, affected the systems of the Starwood hotels group in 2014 but was not detected until 2018, two years after Starwood was acquired by Marriott. Read more. 

This brings me to examine the seriousness of data security that it is often perceived as unimportant in the workplace. This topic is known to be complicated to understand and implement. Data security is an important aspect of running a business successfully as it gives customers the assurance that their data is being collected, processed, and transferred securely. It is easily to misunderstand and to confuse data security and data privacy. In order to successfully adhere to the requirements, you must be able to understand the difference. 

Data security and data privacy look similar yet they are quite different from each other. Data security deals with the protection of data from cybercriminals, while data privacy deals with how organisations or individuals legally gather, store, and use data. Businesses that implement data privacy principles and data protection requirements have a reduced number of data breaches.

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