With COVID-19 forcing the world into a new norm that requires working remotely, IT teams and organizations were forced to acclimatize to evolving conditions and provide remote access solutions for thousands of employees to remain productive and secure. The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to mean cyber security needs should be abandoned for those working from home. While some businesses are planning to re-open, most of the jobs that require a computer set-up with an internet connection are likely to remain remote for an extended period of time.
While smaller businesses are leveraging Google Docs and Microsoft 365, millions of other works from home employees are accessing their office through their office VPN from their bedrooms. Nevertheless, whether users are accessing software as service apps or apps from a data center or the cloud, the cyber criminals are exploiting the vulnerable and ineffective endpoints- introducing ransomware, identity theft, data leakage exposures and data breach.
For those that are still in distress of enabling WFH, the following tips have been curated to ensure you and your business understand business continuity and safe access.
Organizations need to
- Assess your licenses and work prior with IT and security vendors to guarantee you can add bandwidth capacity, as well as deploy added regional workforce, software to handle burst load. Having taken care of these services will allow additional flexibility and time to work through conditions such as ICE licenses that spontaneously assist burst licenses.
- Organizations need to understand the remote access needs in terms of resources, users and applications to estimating user-based connection volume, virtual and physical.
- Organizations need to move from physical to cloud and virtual access.
- Enterprises will need to regulate if main applications and resources, whether available physically or on the cloud, will need increased capacity during such challenging times and stick to an emergency plan. If your organization has not worked out a role, user, data protection obligations, and application, it should not wait for the emergency circumstances to prompt unauthorized incidents.
- Do not wait to call on an endpoint security policy. You must enforce endpoint compliance and offer self- corrective capabilities which will help minimize ransomware, phishing and other cyber crime threats lured by the boost in the remote users.
- Every organization needs to allow mobile device security options to manage corporate and personal device use that can offer more workable access while certifying these smart devices adjoin corporate security policy.
Security is the new norm for working remotely during the pandemic Coronavirus. And ensuring effective cyber security during such challenging times will require both planning and effective communications. In the end, business continuity and employee productivity can remain unaffected and help aid, or at least, diminish the global crisis. To conclude, things have changed substantially in the past few months including the way we consume the internet and the ways we work from home. When the world is changing, our technology should also adapt to those changes by bridging the gap between the user and a safe online workplace.
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