For some time, it has been common in conversations with colleagues and business friends for them to ask me for guidance on how to strengthen and maintain the digital security of their companies when most of their employees work from home.
Remote work is a global phenomenon, driven by the advancement of business technology tools, which have transformed the way we work. However, when employees have access to company resources (applications and institutional mail) through their devices connected to poorly protected home networks, this increases the risk of cyberattacks that affect the company.
Right now, we are seeing an unprecedented number of remote users on public and home internet services accessing business networks from their homes. Recently, I read a report from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) indicating that teleworking tools top global cybersecurity priorities on the network. In this regard, the demand for secure teleworking tools is expected to continue increasing in 2021. We see this trend daily, and it is putting pressure on the infrastructure of companies and various internet providers.
IT departments are monitoring networks, VPNs and access controls to ensure employees can safely continue to carry out their work from home without risks. This is why a continuous focus on cybersecurity fundamentals is imperative. For this reason, I developed these practical tips based on my experience and daily work. They are not intended to be exhaustive, but they should help you start to learn how to avoid cybersecurity risks in your companies as a result of remote work.
Companies should create business continuity plans. You will need a crisis management plan to communicate with the workforce quickly and effectively. Start with a business impact analysis and consider financial and operational impacts. Prioritize the order of operations for people, assets and processes and maintain an accurate inventory of your devices connected to networks.
Use vulnerability detection agents.
Most people these days have a variety of devices connected in their homes. Every time you log into your laptop or tablet, these devices become part of the attack surface for your business. Make sure you have vulnerability detection agents installed on these portable devices.
Secure cloud-based applications.
Every decision and investment in technology you make will have long-term implications for the security of your company. If you haven’t already, work with your IT teams to protect your software as a service (SaaS) applications through cloud access security agents for configuration, security and data loss prevention. You will save yourself a lot of time and headaches in the long run.
Add IT systems management to laptops.
Make sure your laptops are fully configured with endpoint detection and protection. This is pretty basic, but this super effective step can mitigate risks to your business.
In times of change where every day more global companies are committed to remote work, we need to expand our security measures and include remote workers and devices as part of our enterprise vulnerability management programs. Business success is based on three pillars: resilience, adapting to change and capturing opportunities. You must be able to maintain the cybersecurity of all the assets connected to your network, which will contribute to the growth of your company and the safety of your staff.
Article Provided By: Forbes
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