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When the pandemic first emerged, businesses and economies around the world were hit hard and things looked pretty bleak for the first few weeks of lockdown. However, once the dust settled and governments decided to open things up again, we were glad but nothing was the same again.

What seemed like temporary changes in lifestyle at first have crept their way into the new year and social distancing has made changes to almost all aspects of life. Work is no different and the new normal has made remote working commonplace.

The simple fact is that remote working seems like it is here to stay for a long time and dealerships need to make long-term adjustments to overcome new challenges

Remote Working & Data Security

Remote working has enabled cybercriminals to hack remote working employees in order to breach your dealership's data security. Since businesses need remote working employees to access their data, they provide remote access, which can create weaknesses in data security.

Cyber criminals take advantage of this fact and easily hack the devices of remote working employees to gain access to sensitive dealership data. The truth is that allowing remote staff access to dealer data is the best way to get things done but it has some serious data security risks.

This is especially true if your staff are using their personal devices for work, which is common for remote working employees. Staff's personal devices are typically not well protected, and this can create problems for your dealership’s data security.

This is One Way to Protect Your Dealership Data in Your Staff's Homes

The best and the simplest solution that protects your data in your staff's homes is a Virtual Private Network, more commonly known as a VPN. A VPN will allow your staff to create a separate, private network on their devices to add an extra layer of security in their home network.

This is an effective way to lay off cybercriminals and hackers from breaching your sensitive business data from staff's devices. Moreover, extra security can be added to these VPNs to make it just as safe as your office networks.

Conclusion

Since the pandemic, cybercriminals are taking advantage of weak networks of remote working employees to breach business data security. They always go for weak spots to exploit them to their advantage. You can have the best data security but a weak spot like staff's devices can render it useless.

While these cybercriminals are least interested in your staff's data, your sensitive dealership data is like a sitting duck for hackers. Do not let them get the best of your staff's weak systems and use a reliable VPN to secure your data properly.

If you want to learn more about VPNs, securing your remote staff's devices and other tips on staying safe while working from home, 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.