Threats to Data Operations & De-risking Your Remote Working Environments
Posted on Apr 11, 2021 by Ian McGowan
Exactly a year ago here at the ADEC Group of Companies, we transitioned more than 2,000 staff work from home. Part of our task was to ensure that data protection and integrity measures had been rigorously implemented, as we cannot afford any data risks which may compromise the quality of services we deliver to our clients.
Every other business has done some form of homeworking, and a year into the “new normal” one in three UK workers are currently home-based. Whilst most organisations like us have undoubtedly settled into this new reality, the work is far from over. Threats to the accuracy, completeness, and availability of data remain, with home workers being the most vulnerable.
We had to be confident that our remote employees have continuous access to our company servers. It was also imperative that we ensure adherence to policies on delivering our data-driven processes based on best practices and globally recognised regulations.
Both steps ensure that all the sensitive data we store—both ours and our clients—remain accurate, complete, and available even when remotely accessed. This is not to be taken lightly, as the data we collect and process are from global companies, examples being: a global parcel delivery firm and a $6 billion property transaction provider. Therefore, one misstep could cause a severe impact on a global scale.
We have first-hand experience in quickly and effectively minimising the risks to data integrity. A simple lapse on our employees’ end can create inaccurate and unreliable data, affecting not only productivity but could also lead to higher operational costs and the inability to make accurate decisions.
In this case, through the expertise of our in-house IT experts, we implemented new strategic measures designed to reduce these risks on data integrity:
To minimise human errors, our remote employees received stringent online training on the new policies that defined the new working arrangement;
We enabled remote access to our servers through a virtual private network (VPN), which was fortified through controls that prevent unauthorised transmission or storage of data;
Our data experts continuously backed up all our important data in both our digital and physical servers;
The defenses of our servers and network devices are regularly tested through vulnerability assessment scans and penetration tests; and
Regular assessments on our current systems and applications, along with a review of our risk registries, using our in-house technologies.
The risks to data integrity aren’t limited to a data company such as ourselves: if your business generates data, then you should focus on its integrity to de-risk your Data.
We would be keen to understand more about the challenges you have faced with remote workers and how we can share our best practices. So, to start a conversation with us, please complete the form below, and we can discuss how we can help you with safeguarding the integrity of your data: