In today’s business environment, remote working has become an expectation and job perk, to the point where many organisation support flexible working as a part of their business culture. Employees love working from home as it makes them feel more trusted and fulfilled in their roles, whilst allowing employers to take advantage of reduced costs. If you are considering implementing a remote working policy however, it’s important that you are educated about the security risks of doing so, and have considered the optimal way to adopt this in your corporate environment.
Granting External Access
Anyone working outside the business premise will need to be granted external access into your network infrastructure to access resources, communicate with colleagues and share files. This presents a potential for vulnerability however as attackers can use this as an entrance into your network, where they can then gain access to sensitive business information. Failing to install the necessary security measures here does not only leave yourself open to the threat of attack, which could result in down time and a loss of service, but could also leave you in breach of government data regulations.
Once you have conceived a secure solution for granting employees access into your network, it’s essential that you install procedures for the regulation and restriction of access. This might seem obstructive, but the most secure way to manage remote access is to ensure that each individual can only access information that is essential to their work, you don’t want employees to be able to access the businesses most secure documents from their mobile phones or laptops when they are on the move if they have no immediate need to do so, in case their device is lost or stolen and confidential data security is compromised.
As part of your remote security assessment, all devices that will be granted access into your network should undergo a security inspection to ensure they have an operational and efficient anti-virus installed, and that the computer, as well as any storage device, are encrypted to prevent unwanted access. This helps to prevent one of the most common vulnerabilities in remote working, which is the risk of an employee losing a device which can be used to gain access to sensitive information. This adds a layer of security between whoever finds the device and your network.
Taking steps to ensure that your business has the proper security procedures and measures in place allows you to offer flexible working for employees, as well as increasing your overall cyber-security and data compliance. For optimal results, contact one of our security specialists today and organise your free consultation by visiting our website here or calling 0800 043 4448.