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Data Protection Practices for a New Remote Workspace

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In the last 9 months, we have seen a tremendous increase in people working from home around the world.  As this has been very beneficial and productive for some businesses, it is also causing high risk for cybersecurity threats. When we extend digital connectivity beyond the traditional workplace, this usually increases exposure to cyber-attacks and other data security threats. Here are some recommendations to manage the different risks you might encounter from having employees working remotely. 

The following tools are critical to enabling security teams to manage the risks that come with deploying a remote working team. Even more critical is the consolidation of multiple tools on one platform; this enables simultaneous visibility across the attack surface.

1. Monitoring Endpoint and Devices –
 Continuous awareness of endpoint behaviour and analysis of threats that appear to provide the first line of defence against the types of attacks that typically begin at endpoints. Also, an important aspect of a security strategy is protecting your employees devices from viruses and unauthorized access, especially those who are working remotely.  Encourage your remote workforce to learn computer security best practices, such as regularly updating operating systems and applications they use for work. It’s also important that they only install trusted security software.

2. Develop a Remote Work Policy – A planned out threat response makes it possible to take quick and consistent action once threats are detected. Your new remote work policy may also include a security update schedule, approved messaging applications, and guidelines on required back-ups.

3. Threat Detection Platform – To detect intrusions as they are happening, you need a threat detection platform that can provide complete, real-time visibility into all network and endpoint activity as well as the analytics to prioritize threats for response.

4. Create a Secure Connection – Implement solutions such as a VPN or zero trust access and a Privileged Access Management, PAM, solution.  Also, this is the best time to run a clean-up of orphaned IDs and to revoke extra permission from existing privileged-users. You should also consider setting up multi-factor identification to avoid data breaches. 

5. Implementing a PAM Solution – This is super important for an organization to take control of the management and monitor the security of privileged accounts to meet the standards of the access control demands for a good number of the industry regulations.

Having a data security strategy in place for employees that are working from home gives companies the peace of mind that their data is always protected no matter where it’s being accessed. Working remotely is becoming more and more popular with everything going on in the world. Whether you live in Toronto, Ontario, Mexico City (CDMX) – Mexico, or even Austin Texas (TX) – the United States, we all need to be more aware of cyber attacks that can be made from employees working from home.