Learn how to protect your organization from the dangers imposed by remote employees.
The last decade has shown a rise in remote work, with no signs of slowing down. However, the advances in communication technology and internet access that have made this possible, have also exposed organizations to major security risks. At SourcetekIT, we help organizations mitigate these risks and reap the rewards of a remote workforce. Below we outline four security risk reducing practices remote workers can easily incorporate into their daily routines.
The best security practice for remote workers is the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN secures the connection of a remote computer network, as well as the communication between the user and the business network. When a request comes from a remote computer, it appears as if it is coming from your organization’s network. Since this communication appears internally, there is no chance of a hacker eavesdropping on the network. Furthermore, requests coming from and to the remote computer are encrypted, ensuring complete data safety.
Cloud & Web-Based Storage
The attack surface area is the amount of different points in a software environment where hackers can attempt to enter the network and extract data. If remote workers are saving files on their desktop and sending them to others via email, hackers have multiple opportunities for intercepting this data. To limit these opportunities, remote workers should use a cloud or web-based storage software, such as Google Drive. This eliminates the need for sensitive information to be sent via email, as all employees have access to content on the cloud.
In addition to reducing the attack surface area, cloud and web-based storage softwares are compliant with industry regulations, meaning they are constantly updated to reflect best cyber security practices. However, be aware: All cloud or web-based storage softwares are not made equal. Do your research to find an option that supports your infrastructure.
Two- Factor Authentication
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) adds an additional layer of security to your devices and networks. It requires two steps (or more in the case of Multi-Factor Authentication) to grant access. For example, Google Drive’s 2FA requires the user to submit a password to enter their account, as well as a code sent to the account owner’s personal cell phone. This practice is especially important for remote workers. If their devices are stolen or their passwords are compromised, thieves cannot gain access to their account without access to their cell phone. This small addition to your cyber security practices has major benefits; Cristian Rennella, Co Founder of o’Melhor Trato stated 2FA has reduced their security problems by 38.2%.
Encrypted Password Management
The key to a good password is a lengthy, random combination of letters and numbers. For maximum security, passwords must be unique to every account and changed frequently. Unfortunately, for convenience sake, most people use a single password across multiple accounts, rarely changing them.
When it comes to working remotely with important files, following password best practices is crucial to securing this data. With a password manager, such as LastPass, Dashlane, and 1Password, workers can create and save complex passwords for numerous accounts. With one login, you can gain access to these passwords and sync them with other devices. This information is encrypted so you never have to worry about cyber criminals accessing your accounts.