Tips & Best Practices for Remote Worker Security
Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Recently, 3x-certified engineer Tim Betz sat down in another installment of Flagler Fix to discuss the security approaches that organizations can take while working on-premise and remotely while utilizing remote worker security solutions.
What are the Best Practices for Securing a Remote Work Environment?
Recently, due to COVID-19, companies have adapted to having remote workers. This adjustment impacted all businesses and required updated security protocols. Now that businesses are opening up again, many will be revaluating their overall security workflows and may have to make changes now that they have remote employees.
Building a Strong Foundation
According to Tim, corporate network security measures should be treated like physical security for a building. When dealing with home protection, if there is a deadbolt on the door, an intruder will just look for another entry point. Similarly, network security must have layers of protection. A castle, for example, has a number of features that protect it from harm – a moat with alligators, a drawbridge, and guards. Multi-factor authentication is one way to include these extra layers of security, however, that's just a start to prevent unsecured networks and avoid a security breach.
Applying Strong Security Layers
Much like protecting a castle, companies should build a security policy that is layered and protected against various points and methods of intrusion. When taking this layered approach on a technical level, it is necessary to begin with end-users’ laptops. Security programs like antivirus software are critical to push your corporate network policy to the edge. Cisco Umbrella does a great job of protecting users from visiting known malware sites and URL filtering.
Another added layer of protection for end-user devices is utilizing two-factor authentication. Oftentimes, the two-factor authentication is presented in the form of a text or an email. This can sometimes be annoying to users. Fortunately, however, adding multi-factor authentication to your security protocol doesn't have to be disruptive for your remote employees. Cisco Duo protects your applications by providing a simple, streamlined login experience for all remote employees and every application by integrating with your existing technology. Duo offers several authentication methods; users can choose the one that best fits their workflow.
Addressing the Culture of Security
Unfortunately, many companies do not have the appropriate security protocols in place to protect their data as well as their remote employees. Tim believes that this is because security solutions are oftentimes viewed as burdens; many organizations feel as though it is something that they’re being pressured into purchasing.
However, the reality is that companies that do not enact the proper data and IT security services significantly increase their risk of being hacked. The costs of poor cybersecurity are detrimental, and a successful cyberattack can cost a company millions of dollars, many times ending in bankruptcy.
Every hack is different, based on the skillset or intentions of the hacker. It is crucial to invest in all levels of security infrastructure for your company. Security software is a necessary investment for businesses of any size to prevent hacks.
Do you have any questions about your corporate network or how to properly manage your remote employees? Let us know what you want to hear about next by contact Flagler Technologies today!