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Protect Yourself from BYOT (Bring Your Own Threat)
In addition to their talents, every employee brings their own devices, sometimes networks, and thus their own challenges to IT staff. Basically – new hires mean potential new threats. Security professionals need to embrace new approaches to employee productivity and access yet also keep enterprise data separate from personal data. It’s a delicate balance. In addition to setting up account access and limiting data access by giving permission only where it needs to be, there are further considerations if workers are remote, such as making sure their home network is secure.
The following are a few tips for onboarding employees without onboarding new threats.
Protecting Yourself = Network Protection
Start with early and frequent remote employee security training and awareness seminars that discuss home network security. Include things like:
Some of these examples may seem simplistic and obvious. However a remote worker’s network is a weak link in your security program. Educating employees is a simple, proactive approach to helping mitigate risk. Be sure to extend your policies and protections to the cloud. Don’t fall into a false sense of security by thinking that whatever you've done on-premises is enough. Cybersecurity protections need to follow mobile users, wherever they go. This goes for web browser protections as well.
Those Ubiquitous Mobile Devices
Whether they are remote workers or not, another of the biggest threats to your network is employees who access their email, files and data on personal devices. Why is cracking mobile devices so simple? Unfortunately, they are usually a security afterthought and users can be complacent in applying updates and patches. Even software developers and IT professionals often neglect to update the software on their mobile devices.
The problem with not updating mobile devices is that outdated software is a prime target. Manufacturers do recognize that it’s often inconvenient to update software and wait for a smart device to reboot so automatic downloads and installs are becoming more prevalent. Until that process is as ubiquitous as mobile devices, make sure employees take the simple, albeit slightly annoying, step to update their software at the recommended times. It’s imperative that your network is shielded from OS exploits, malicious links in both emails and SMS, infected apps, man-in-the-middle attacks and other exploits.
Network Protection = Employee Protection
In addition to teaching remote workers how to protect themselves and ensuring the software on employees’ mobile devices is up-to-date, here are a few additional tips to help keep everyone protected.
Protection = Identity and Data Management
Because mobile device management and remote network management are part of your identity and data management program, your security team needs to be operating with cloud-based centralized management and dashboards that provides real-time threat intelligence and visibility.
With the increase in mobile and remote work environments, organizations can be at risk or under threat by not securing devices, access and credentials. Instituting a holistic security strategy and appropriate policies will allow organizations to accommodate the ever-evolving mobile workforce without sacrificing security, data or IP protection.
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