Remote Work & Telecommuting – 5 Step Cyber Security Guide

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The work-from-home culture or remote work is already adopted by almost one in five workers from around the world, and these numbers are expected to only increase further both internationally or locally here in Pakistan. As the social distancing continues, many Pakistani organizations and enterprises are facing the potential of teleworking scenarios. What if in-office employees need to work from home? What’s the most seamless way to make that transition? And how will we ensure that any data and private information isn’t compromised when accessed remotely?

Contrary to popular belief, studies have found that employees working from home are more productive than ones at work, prompting employers to consider this option for their businesses as well.

Aligning your employees with the organization’s security policies can be tricky when they work from remote locations. Employees can often tend to overlook security constraints when left on their own, causing potential concerns for their employers.

Under such circumstances, mandating the use of the following few applications can keep your businesses and its Data out of potential cyber threats:

  • VPN
  • MFA
  • Password manager
  • SSO
  • Backup

Virtual Private Network
You have little to no control over what networks your employees use when they work from home. There are chances that they could perform sensitive tasks from cyber cafes, airport lounges, coffee shops, and other public WiFi networks. A VPN would be very handy in such situations, granting safe access to your data while also allowing employees to securely connect with the office network.

Multi-factor authentication
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds additional protection to sensitive accounts by validating the identity of an individual. Make MFA mandatory for your employees if they’re accessing critical accounts when working from outside the office premises.

Password manager
A study from last year states that businesses access more than 100 applications for their daily tasks. When employees work from remote locations, this number increases considerably. While these applications come in handy, maintaining and remembering strong passwords for each of these accounts can be cumbersome. Passwords are the first line of defense for any account and they should be secured at all costs. A proper password management solution allows users to securely store, share, and manage passwords from anywhere.

Single sign-on (SSO) solutions
Many companies and experts prefer a password-less experience for their users. This is certainly achievable with an SSO solution that allows users to securely authenticate with multiple applications while just logging in once to an identity provider. This eliminates the need for creating individual user accounts, thereby increasing user productivity multifold while allowing IT admins to monitor all user access from one place. Lately, password managers also frequently bundle single sign-on services with their offering.

Secure backup mechanism
While the top priority is implementing solid security policies to prevent cyber incidents, it’s always essential to also have a reliable backup mechanism. Encrypting end-user devices and setting a periodic backup of daily tasks performed can safeguard your business when users lose their work device. This will help you restore all critical data, continue business operations without interruption and quell the worries of your data getting compromised. Secure back ups also help your organisation incase ransomware attack, which are also on rise.

Working remotely is definitely beneficial and safe when your workforce has access to advanced security tools that reduce the likeliness of a potential threat for your business.

An enterprise can enjoy multiple benefits of a strong and secure telecommuting and remote work policy, such as increased user productivity, employee creativity, minimal attrition rate, and financial expenditure, among some.

While this is not complete list of all the cyber security concerns to keep in mind in situations like these, and they can vary depending on your nature of business and Data that your organisation handels.

How ever these basic security tips stated above should help you start remote work at your organisation. You can read our Remote work Guide for Pakistan or for a more detail review and consultation your can always contact us.

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