Sensitive company data, and that of employees, is vulnerable. To protect such information, assurance leaders should help their organizations communicate remote working rules that include clear guidance on how to safeguard data while working outside the office.

Most security failures originate from an organization’s own employees, according to our data privacy research. In the work-from-home environment, assurance leaders must:

  • Work with the chief information security officer and IT to communicate cybersecurity guidance.
  • Remind employees that rules regarding proper email protocols must be followed outside the office.
  • Check that remote work policies include measures to safeguard company data — and then distribute (or redistribute) the policies.
  • Guard against an increase in phishing and malware attacks exploiting virus-related anxiety.
  • Confirm that vendors also have adequate work-from-home policies and strong privacy and cybersecurity standards.