Remote workers have become the norm, rather than the exception, in several industries. And that’s putting a renewed focus on the difficulties of telecommuting cybersecurity.
Roughly 5 million American employees work from home at least half the time, according to Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of 2018 American Community Service (ACS) data. Increasingly, companies are offering employees the opportunity to telecommute, changing the landscape of the modern workplace.
There are benefits and drawbacks to leaning on remote workers. Work-from-anywhere arrangements can make companies more efficient and competitive. Employees with remote access in some situations can offer greater productivity than their in-office counterparts. And knowing that many of your employees will be working from home can help you save on office space.
But among the challenges of telecommuting is cybersecurity. So, companies and other organizations that plan to offer or expand their work-at-home programs should be prepared for the increased security complexity that these arrangements involve.
For instance, employees utilizing their own devices for both personal use and work functions can be a major issue not just for telecommute-heavy offices, but even ones that promote BYOD (bring your own device). Then there are issues with remote-access systems.
Remote-access systems have been the entry point for hackers in several recent high-profile breaches. These systems are intended to secure remote access with the same level of control that the main corporate network receives. But without the proper configuration and oversight, they can become a cybersecurity vulnerability.
At the same time, remote programs need to offer employees a level of access and convenience that keeps them from circumventing security controls and mishandling data. With too many roadblocks in the way, employees can’t achieve the productivity that remote access can improve. And security ends up suffering if they end up going off the network.
Security products and services available today can help companies of any size implement a remote-access program that works for all parties while keeping data secure. Managed security programs can provide ongoing monitoring, reporting and threat detection for remote-access entry points, while security consulting services support teams in building securely configured infrastructure.
Lunarline is an industry-leading consultant with expertise in operating 24/7 managed security services and consulting with organizations to build strong cyber foundations. We also offer products that can make secure configuration a snap.
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