During the past few months, remote work has become a mainstream trend. Enterprises have resorted to a host of remote work solutions such as Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops, Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and more.

The Steps You Can Take to Secure Remote Work Environments

However, not every remote work solution comes with built in security. Even if a particular remote work platform does protect you from some security threats, it does not mean your data and other resources are fully secured from all the varying threats.

With a large part of your workforce operating remotely, the overall threat surface has increased manifolds. Couple this with lack of awareness and proper employee training, and you end up exposing your infrastructure to a wide range of cyber threats.

In this post, we will highlight some key solutions and steps that you can take in a bid to make your remote work environment safe from external threats and internal vulnerabilities.

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Data Encryption

This is a very effective data security strategy for your enterprise resources. If you can attain robust data encryption, you will be able to protect your enterprise data, even in the event of a security breach.

If your data is encrypted at rest, a hacker will not be able to make any sense out of your data, thus protecting it from misuse or sale to the wrong folks. You should go a step further by implementing encryption in transit, which protects data when it is on the move.

The ultimate aim of adopting this security protocol should be end to end encryption. This not only protects your data, but also safeguards any critical business information which can inflict damage to your enterprise in the event of a breach or misuse.

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Endpoint Security

Remotely working employees tend to use multiple endpoint devices to accomplish their assigned tasks. This makes the endpoint devices that employees use to access enterprise resources a prized target for cyber miscreants.

If you can compromise the endpoint device of an employee, you can potentially gain un-authorized access to sensitive corporate data and much more. Therefore, securing the endpoint devices under the use of your remote employees is an absolute necessity.

At dinCloud, we offer Sophos Intercept X for endpoints and servers to protect your data that resides over our state of the art cloud infrastructure. This world renowned solution adopts a proactive approach towards the cyber threats out there.

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Intrusion Detection and Prevention

This is a very crucial component of the overall security of your valuable data. Most data or security breaches tend to go un-noticed for days, weeks and in some cases, even months. So, it is imperative that you deploy a robust intrusion detection and prevention mechanism.

With a sound intrusion detection and prevention mechanism, you also get valuable insights into the weaknesses that are being exploited within your systems (if any) to inflict damages in the form of data theft, its corruption or loss.

User Authentication

With nearly all your workforce operating remotely, you have no means to physically identify the person who is accessing your data. Therefore, you need a mechanism like End User Authentication to make sure only the rightly authorized person is given access to data.

Leading Cloud Service Provider (CSP) dinCloud, for instance, has a robust Two Factor Authentication (2FA) mechanism in place for its cloud infrastructure. This makes sure only the rightly authorized remote employees gain access to the data.

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Conclusion

This was just a glimpse of the steps you can take in general to secure your remote work environments. What is more important to understand here is that in the realm of security, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution.

You have to assess the unique security needs of your enterprise, and then decide which solution best fulfills those requirements. Cyber security is particularly a domain where the best chances lie in a proactive, rather than reactive mindset.

If you are finding it difficult to secure your remote work environments, look no further than dinCloud’s Hosted Solutions that come with robust and built-in security.

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