Remote Working: 4 Essential Security Steps
Remote working is something that is becoming more and more popular.
Being able to work from home or on-the-go provides businesses with plenty of useful benefits. It can, however, leave a network exposed to more risks.
This is because when you allow work away from a fixed location, you effectively stretch your network’s boundaries – introducing more points of access for attackers.
Remote working contributes to the following risks:
- Work devices being stolen or lost
It happens. Mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc. get lost and get stolen. They are valuable, small and often used in public areas so not confined to a fixed, secure area.
- Public observation
If work is being done in public area, sensitive information could be seen by onlookers. This means sensitive information (i.e credentials) could also be stolen.
- Compromised security measures
Accidentally or not, remote users could compromise security measures placed on the device they’re working on. This could expose an entire network.
Managing the risks
The risks caused by remote working can’t be completely eliminated, but there are things you can do to reduce the threats.
Some of the information below is based on actual government guidelines; you can find these here.
4 Steps to reduce the risks:
- Keep users in the loop – Users should be aware of how to use their mobile device securely in the locations they will need work in. This should be backed up by a remote work policy.
- Keep in line with a secure configuration – All users should be configured to the same secure baseline – this includes remote work devices.
- Don’t be risky with data – Data should only be stored on remote work device if it is necessary.
- Use a VPN – If the user is working remotely, a connection to your network will be made over the internet. The exchange of information should be protected by Virtual Private Network (VPN).
What else can you do?
There’s only so much awareness you can have of the threats to your network. This is where we can help.
Unlike internal IT staff, our exposure to various networks means we have experience in resolving various potential issues and therefore know how to prevent them.
If you need help managing the risks caused by remote working, call us on 0208 232 1190 or fill in our web form.