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Cybercrime is alarmingly increasing all around the world. Cyber threats such as phishing, malware, ransomware and social engineering are incrementally rising and there seem to be no braking mechanisms in sight.

This is mostly due to the rise in usage and reliance on technology of our modern world and the increasing ease of remote access it provides to cyber criminals and hackers around the globe. They can be sitting halfway across the world from you and gain access to the data and funds of your dealership.

The new normal of working from home is only increasing the threat to your dealership's sensitive data and overall cyber security. Controlling and mitigating cyber threats in offices was easier because everything was centralized.

Now, as your team works from home, it is more difficult to keep your business safe from potential cyber threats and hacks. Fear not, we have come up with 3 excellent ways to protect your dealership during this remote working period.

1.     Biometrics

This is a fast and easy way to ensure the security of your business. Make sure your employees have their own devices, which are encrypted using biometrics such as fingerprint scanners. This will help ensure the safety and security of the device and your dealership's data on it.

It is almost impossible to hack into an encrypted device that is protected using biometrics. Thieves cannot bypass this security measure and hackers or cybercriminals cannot remotely overcome biometric security unless they physically approach your employees and deceive them into giving up biometrics.

2.     Backups

Backing up data is crucial for any dealership and remote working makes it relatively more difficult than it was before from offices. When your team is far apart and devices are moving around, data loss can be a big cyber threat.

Make sure your employees regularly back up all their data to designated sources. This will help avoid any data loss in case of theft or a hack on any of your remotely working team’s individual devices.

3.     Awareness

This is probably the most important step you can take to avoid any kind of cyberattack. Cyber security awareness includes proper training to identify and avoid any potential hacks and using the best cyber security practices to overcome any cyber threats.

A simple example of this is employees using randomly generated passwords across all applications to make it difficult for cyber criminals and hackers to bypass them. Another is to be able to identify phishing emails or social engineering tactics.

Conclusion

These are just some of the important steps you can take in order to make your dealership safer during remote working. There are many other ways to protect your business from cyberattacks and potential losses, which you should learn and implement.

Additionally, you need to train your team with the most updated and latest techniques cybercriminals use. This is because hackers are becoming smarter with their cyberattacks every day and they use new and updated techniques every time.

If your team is working remotely and you are concerned about your dealership's cyber security, please get in touch with us today.

Kevin Landers

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Kevin possesses the unique ability to understand, and explain in non-threatening and non-technical ways how technology, business and team members work with, and sometimes, against each other. He has an innate ability to understand how technology works at the basic conceptual level and how it interacts with hardware, software, networking, people and business processes. A rare combination in today's technology arena.

Kevin lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his bride Summer, their son Caleb and their Vizsla wonder dog Dexter.

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