How to Protect Your Remote Workforce?

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This year many businesses have experienced forced self-isolation and a sharp transition into the online format. So, what innovative solutions helped companies to roll out leak protection and monitoring of remote workers in the new environment. What related tasks were solved and with the help of what technologies?

Security considerations when working remotely

The massive and hasty transition of companies to remote modes of operation has significantly exacerbated the problems of information security. Most companies were faced with such a task for the first time, so the transition to the online format caused a lot of difficulties for them.

With the transition to remote format, there have been changes in the already optimized business processes:

  • First, Data Leak Prevention systems have recorded a sharp increase in the number of information objects sent and stored at workstations in companies. In online mode, the collaboration with other participants began to be duplicated by sending documents.
  • Secondly, during online conferences, the screen sharing mode with confidential data has become actively used, which ensures any participant to take photographs from the screen at any time.
  • Thirdly, the increased likelihood of data leaks and the spread of malware, as many employees connect to the organization’s network using personal PCs. During the quarantine period, the protection of the personal devices of employees has become more relevant than ever.

When working remotely, endpoint security is at the forefront, and the old concept of a perimeter to be protected is outdated. It is from this point of view that the ways of ensuring information security should be assessed now. If you provide a remote working process, you should not under any circumstances compromise cybersecurity or the integrity of your business. Thus, there are the necessary points that should be considered:

  • data protection, confidentiality, and issues of ensuring the safety of personal data;
  • security of devices accessing your network. The systems that provide access to the workplace must have the same controls and protections as those already in use (i.e., endpoint security, MDM, etc.);
  • if you allow remote access, enforce strong remote access policies that use two-factor authentication and Geo-IP restrictions;
  • make sure you have IT security auditing and access logging enabled on your systems;
  • view logs and remote access sessions, investigate any anomalies;
  • operate on the basis of least privilege. If an employee only needs access to one application or server, focus on that.

Board management software for secure remote collaboration

Without quick access to corporate documents, cases run the risk of stopping altogether. However, the implementation of such services on their own entails the risk of data leakage. Each session is a potential threat to the information security of the company. What can you do to have access to your office anywhere and anytime, but not fall prey to cyberspies and competitors?

The digital boardroom is becoming more and more a reality. It is a secure digital platform that provides data repositories and other effective tools for online collaboration. The fact is that some board portals arose based on technologies for analyzing data archives, therefore, in the future, their functionality was increased in the classic direction for DLP – protection against leaks, analytics. Related technologies, such as time control, have been included in these solutions relatively recently. Other systems were originally based on the functionality of time control; accordingly, they remain strong, and the classical possibilities of protection against leaks only selectively complement the basic technology for solving individual narrow problems.