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Protect Your Telecommuting Program from Hackers

With new technologies keeping professionals connected in meaningful ways, telecommuting is quickly becoming a standard at many companies. In many ways, this is a win-win situation. While employees enjoy the convenience of working remotely, companies save on office space and supplies; attract top talent; and, according to some research, have more productive workforce.

Unfortunately, there is a negative side effect of a work-from-home staff. And we’re not talking about distracting kids, spouses, pets or housework. Recent incidents have shown that remote connections provide hackers with a point of entry that’s quite easy – and popular – to exploit.

According to recent reports, cyber criminals commonly scan networks for remote connection software. Once they find it, they can run programs that find log-in credentials through brute-force attack, dictionary attack, and other password cracking methods. It’s an approach that makes intrusions particularly difficult to detect. And it’s been instrumental to some of the most recent high-profile breaches at retailers, including Target and Neiman Marcus.

While it’s not necessary to give up on remote connectivity – and all the benefits it offers – companies with remote employees need an active and informed approach to monitoring and maintaining remote connections.

Several tactics can be employed to increase the security of remote systems. And not all of them require significant upgrades or investment dollars. For instance, companies offering numerous connections can reduce their vulnerability simply by consolidation efforts. Employees can mitigate risks by following good security practices, such as establishing passwords that are difficult for hackers and their tools to crack.

There are also cyber security solutions and approaches that can greatly reduce risks. One of the most powerful among them is a security operations center (SOC), which provides centralized monitoring of all connections coming in to a network. While this strategy was previously attainable only for large companies with sizable budgets, SOC options are now available for even small businesses.

Lunarline has helped many companies increase the security of their networks and reduce threat exposure caused by remote connections. In addition to offering SOC support, we also provide secure network configuration, risk audits and penetration tests, and company-wide training programs that help you make strides toward preventing cyber attacks.

For more information on these and many other innovative cyber security solutions, contact Lunarline today. We can help you keep malicious cyber criminals from partaking in your telecommuting program.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.