2 de September de 2020

Promote a secure remote work experience

Does your company allow employees to use personal devices to access corporate platforms?

Probably yes. And this is a good business practice for those who need to work remotely, either in an outside meeting or on a business trip.

Enabling remote access is the first step for businesses that want to join digital transformation.

But since prevention is better than cure, it is important to guide employees on the proper use of mobile devices.

First, we will need to share some simple tips: (if possible) only use the corporate computer when working; do not share the device with other people; avoid third parties viewing confidential data through such as shoulder surfing practices; carefully evaluate incoming emails, validating senders, and links etc.

Needless to mention, even though you have shared the best practices with the employee, it is important to manage the remote device. This practice promotes:

  • Security — because it helps avoid both data loss and gain privileges to corporate platforms
  • Productivity — guides the employee’s work routine outside the office.

How do you promote a safe and productive remote work experience?

Force all traffic addressed to your company to pass through your firewall. First, have a firewall. It is an important and efficient security measure. By mediating traffic, the firewall filters valid and secure requests as defined by your technology team, protecting corporate systems. In addition, this type of control allows to evaluate the types of requests to your environment, thus identifying suspicious behaviors of users and offering data that help define actions so that you can correct them.

Define the web categories that can be accessed during office hours. Many companies may want to target the use of Web 2.0 by controlling which online applications can be accessed by employees. Doing so is possible. Set your filters in terms of permission times for elective applications or web destinations that are not crucial to the routine.

Enforce authentication rules and modalities in enterprise systems. Create strict password definition rules and combine different authentication factors. The more layers of protection in accessing your systems, the higher the level of protection.

Ensure encrypted communication. The use of VPN networks is extremely relevant for employees in remote work situations. All access to corporate resources must be assisted by a VPN network.

But it is worth reinforcing the following: be careful when selecting the appropriate service. Public VPNs can be a risky choice as there are no guarantees of privacy, secure authentication and encryption in communication tunnels. Select VPNs associated with the firewall.

Define profiles, privileges, and segment network. Each user must have permission that strictly corresponds to the needs of their activities. Therefore, ensuring different privilege levels prevents a worker from accessing data that is not within their reach.

On the other hand, it is important to segment the network according to a well-structured policy. This will allow to prioritize the types of security controls per segment and define where each type of information should be stored.

You can try Blockbit Platform to promote a secure remote work experience for your employees. Take a look at our demo right now.

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