Due to COVID-19, many people have had to quickly transition to working remotely at least some of the time. During the stay-at-home orders across the globe, only workers deemed ‘essential’ were allowed to be onsite.
This meant that as well as adapting to remote working, it had to be done fast, with little to no warning. Now we are about to transition into 2021, we are starting to return to work, and make some semblance of a new normal.
Whether you work fully onsite, remotely, or do a mix of the two, it can be natural to worry that any kind of remote working can compromise your security. Here, we will discuss how this does not necessarily have to be the case.
Though for some of us, this remote working malarky was a foreign concept until 2020 came along, there are some businesses that have been adopting this strategy for a while. Initiatives like bring your own device (BYOD) or hotdesking have meant that these businesses have been easily been able to adapt to remote working with the infrastructure they already had long before the pandemic hit.
Software as a service
Recently there has been a massive rise in software as a service, or SaaS, solutions. Software as a service simply means when providers give customers access to their service through internet-based application. This allows in-house IT departments to control who has access to what and allows you to work from wherever there is internet available with no fuss.
Cyber security is a high priority
As everyone has been working from home, it has seen a substantial number of sensitive documents being emailed across various data networks with little to no protection. This is why, as remote working will potentially continue into the future, that we put a high priority on ensuring cyber security across all of our workplace devices.
Multi factor authentication
Of course, one way to ensure that every user is who they say they are is to enable multi factor authentication. This is usually and app on a separate device or a key fob which confirms to the network that your login attempt was actually you. However, these can be a bit fiddly and unnecessarily difficult.
If you are worried about the security of your remote access, look to a zero-trust cloud security package like Wandera. This solution allows a zero-trust access to your network of SaaS or internal applications. Security measures mean that no unidentified device can discover or reach any of your company data or apps. It also allows you to restrict access when a device is unsecured or potentially infected with a virus. And there’s no need for that complicated multi factor authentication.
As you can see, although remote working could encourage more cyber-attacks, there are many simple ways to ensure the safety of your data. By putting in place a good internet safety protocol and levels of security, it will increase the safety of your operations for remote working and whilst in the office.