Over the past year, remote working has become the norm for many of us, across all sectors of every industry. With this in mind, data security has come to the fore. While companies have long been keen to preserve maximum security of data inside the workplace, the minimal nature of remote working has often meant that data security elsewhere has been allowed to slide.
Now, though, maintaining the correct security posture couldn’t be more important as the need to protect against threats, to guard valuable data and, of course, adhere to all compliance obligations has become paramount wherever workers may be. With this in mind, here are some top tips to help companies ensure that even remote working can be data secure.
Whether companies are embracing SaaS directly or not, these days, users are choosing their own shadow IT tools in order to accomplish their tasks and as remote working has become more common, the reliance on the rather ubiquitous access to SaaS has grown dramatically.
Of course, it’s easy to see how cloud storage apps and file sharing are very useful in the current work climate, but managing cloud security isn’t as simple as might be assumed. Control and visibility mechanisms need to be implement in order to address SaaS and this technology is available from CASBs (or cloud access security brokers).
APIs also offer key insights about application use with no need to intercept traffic, so these are a perfect source of intelligence regarding SaaS activity, alerting you to whether any risky activities are being carried out. APIs are also useful as remediation steps before costly damages can occur.
If your organisation isn’t using multi-factor authentication to protect its accounts, it’s time to put this in place. Compromised user passwords and accounts account for most of the seriously damaging breaches in security to occur today. If no 2-factor authentication is in place, it’s easy for cyber attackers to access the network and wreak havoc. By using mobile application tokens or physical hardware, it’s possible to introduce and enable multi-factor authentication that will increase the certainty of user identities from the moment the enter the organisation’s network.
Of course remote workers need to be able to access a reliable email network, but this service must be well-protected. While many companies are reliant on native email security functions, these often fail to measure up. Unfortunately, email-based threats have increased dramatically over the past few months and are likely to continue to increase in the near future. Therefore, security and IT leaders must take extra steps to protect the inboxes of remote workers more effectively than ever before.
A remote workforce will almost certainly connect with business applications from unmanaged personal devices like tablets and smartphones as well as from their company-managed device. Therefore, it’s imperative to stop any email threats in the cloud or on the company’s mail server before the user receives it. Taking steps to guard against credential theft is key.
Companies that have made the change to remote working must take steps to ensure their workers have been properly enabled with essential business applications in such a way that cyber risks aren’t increased. If SaaS applications and email traffic are secured and multi-factor authentication introduced, it’s possible for organisations to overcome the majority of risks that are currently associated with home working. Not only that, but when employees are ready to come back to the office, productivity and security posture will have been increased, so it’s a win win both today and in the future.Back to NewsJob Search