Protect employee devices
The first step in securing your network for remote access is ensuring that all employees protect their hardware, including routers, desktops, laptops and other mobile devices.
Routers and other hardware often come with preset passwords and network names that identify the type of router or hardware. Ask that employees change these as spec information can be found online if the type of hardware is known. Then, for as long as employees are using the device, encourage them to keep router software current to ensure security features are up-to-date. Though router companies may update their software throughout the year, they don’t always alert their customers. Encourage your employees to check their router company’s website regularly to stay on top of any changes.
For laptops and other mobile devices that connect remotely to your network, consider enabling full-disk encryption, which encrypts a device’s entire hard drive, including files and the operating system, in case it’s lost or stolen. This option is especially important if sensitive information is stored on the device.
Disable automatic connection to Wi-Fi on smartphones to prevent fraudsters from gaining access through unsecure networks. And make sure there is up-to-date antivirus software on all devices.