How to manage security with a remote workforce

Features Posted 09/11/22
Tribeca Technology's CEO and founder Mark Instance advises businesses on managing security with a remote workforce

Remote working isn’t anything new. However, it’s certainly become more commonplace since the pandemic and is growing constantly. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 38% of all workers currently work from home at least partially. 

With hybrid now the dominant working model across the globe for traditionally office-based roles, this means almost all businesses have had to navigate the permanent switch to remote or hybrid working for many business functions. 

Remote working has been made possible almost entirely through technological advancements. Where tech has fuelled the transformation, the transformation has simultaneously necessitated the rapid development of further tech. 

IT teams not only have to solve the communication and access challenges of remote working by delivering technical solutions, but also navigate the direct pressures and obstacles created by increased demand for remote working. The biggest challenge of all is how to ensure robust security for a disparate workforce.

With millions connecting to their corporate networks and accessing corporate data through their home networks, with no firewall protection, there’s an opportunity for cybercriminals to exploit. Ensure you have considered these fundamental solutions for overcoming this security hurdle.

Endpoint security

For many businesses, the perimeter of their network would traditionally be protected by a business-grade firewall which would be installed in their offices. With the move to hybrid working, the employees’ endpoint (laptop or computer) is now the perimeter of the network.  

As such, a lot of focus needs to be placed on the security of those devices. A robust endpoint security platform should be rolled out across all devices to ensure that your IT team have a single pane of glass through which they can monitor all corporate devices.  

Mobile device management

A mobile device management solution (MDM) will give your IT team far more control over devices that are connecting to your corporate network. Once an MDM solution is deployed, you can start to control not only the users that are connecting to your network – but also the devices too.

Encryption

With devices being more mobile than ever before, corporate data is also more mobile. Enforcing full disk encryption across all your devices will ensure that if a device is lost or stolen – your data is still secure. Without full disk encryption, a disk can be removed from the device, inserted into another and the data compromised.  

Multi-factor authentication

One of the biggest threats to any business is credential compromise – most phishing attacks are designed to gain users’ credentials which are then used to access your corporate network/data. Multi-Factor Authentication provides a strong defence against this type of attack.

Robust policies and training of personnel

The human element of security risk management for remote working is the most difficult to control. Carrying out thorough risk assessments is the first step in creating a robust cybersecurity policy for remote workers. 

The next step is ensuring instructions and individual responsibilities are clearly defined and communicated. Security awareness training for remote workers helps to protect your organisation from external threats. 

It’s vital to mitigate the risk of cyber security threats by imparting the significance of seemingly small errors like failing to lock the screen or a work laptop or allowing unauthorised users to access a device.

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