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Secure Remote Working

Secure Remote Working

Increased Security, Reduced Costs, and Improved Compliance.

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 Businesses are increasingly reliant on their employees working remotely. This can be a great way to improve employee productivity and flexibility, but it also comes with its own set of security challenges.

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One of the biggest challenges is protecting sensitive data from unauthorised access. When employees work remotely, they often use their own devices and networks, which can be more vulnerable to attack.

Another challenge is ensuring that employees comply with security policies. When employees work remotely, they may be more likely to engage in risky behaviours, such as using public Wi-Fi or sharing passwords.

If you're an organisation that allows employees to work remotely, you need to take steps to secure their remote access

 

Secure remote access solutions allow employees to access your network and applications from anywhere in the world in a secure and controlled way.

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Our Solutions

 Businesses are increasingly reliant on their employees working remotely. This can be a great way to improve employee productivity and flexibility, but it also comes with its own set of security challenges.

 

Less Control: Unlike an office, you have less control over employees' home network configurations. Weak Wi-Fi passwords, unpatched routers, and vulnerable IoT devices create security gaps.

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Personal Devices: Employees using personal computers or mobile devices introduces risks from potentially outdated software, malware, and lack of corporate security controls.

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Data in Transit Vulnerability: Unencrypted Transmissions to company resources is susceptible to interception if connections aren't secured (e.g., no VPN or weak encryption on public Wi-Fi).

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Offline Data: Sensitive data stored locally on laptops or portable devices increases the risk of loss or theft.

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Increased Phishing and Social Engineering: Remote employees might be more likely to fall victim to targeted phishing emails or scams due to reduced in-person communication and less ability to quickly verify requests with colleagues.

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Impersonation: Attackers can exploit the "out-of-office" nature of remote work to impersonate IT staff, executives, or coworkers to manipulate employees.

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Weak Authentication: Relying solely on passwords for remote access is risky. Implementing strong multi-factor authentication (MFA) is crucial.

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Unclear Authorisation: It's harder to manage what remote workers should have access to and monitor their activity, leading to potential over-entitlement and unauthorised data access.

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Shadow IT and Unapproved Tools: Frustrated remote workers might resort to using unsanctioned cloud services or file-sharing tools, putting data at risk and hindering compliance.

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Lack of Visibility: Without proper monitoring, it's easy for IT to lose sight of what applications and services are being used remotely.

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Lost or Stolen Devices: Laptops, phones, etc., left unattended in homes or public spaces are prime targets for theft, leading to data breaches.

Working in Public: Confidential information viewed on screens in coffee shops or public transportation poses a risk.

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Delayed Detection: It's harder to detect breaches or suspicious activity on remote endpoints. 

OCM's Mitigation Strategies:

Strong Policies: Clear guidelines for remote access, device usage, and data handling.

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Security Awareness Training: Emphasis on phishing awareness and secure communication procedures.

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Technical Safeguards: VPNs, device encryption, endpoint security software, cloud security tools.

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Zero Trust Architecture: Moving away from perimeter-based security in favor of strict access controls and continuous authentication.

Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

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