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Sanity check for your remote working procedures

Consider your security essentials

Do you have your basic security measures in place?

 

Whilst many businesses will now have their homeworking procedures in place, it is important to consider how your colleagues and organisation works and whether there are additional points that you may need to consider to keep productive. Safe and secure remote working must be an essential part of your plan moving forward but your teams productivity will be essential over these testing times.

 

Have you considered the basics?

  • Do you have endpoint security on your desktops and all smart devices/tablets?

If you don't have end point security on your remote workers machines and devices, (even though you may have perimeter firewalls in place), you could still be opening your business up to a world of pain when it comes to viruses.. Endpoint security is critical and should be used in addition to your firewalls. You can use something like a Forticlient which when used with a Fortigate on the perimeter, will give you all the available telemetry on that end devices performance.

  • Have you deployed multi-factor authentication for all devices requiring remote access?

Having security on remote devices that aren't laptops or home machines can sometimes be overlooked but they are just as (if not) MORE important in ensuring their security. The fully licenced Forticlient is a good example of 2 Factor Authentication that is easy to use and extremely efficient across all devices including mobiles, tablets and laptops. Also consider whether you are allowing BYOD.

  • Do you need to amend policies on your Firewall or add Hierarchy for colleagues and teams through Active Directory?

If you have policies set on your Firewall that allow access to certain things whilst working in the office, you may wish to amend these now that you have colleagues working from home. For example, do you normally restrict access to social media whilst in the office? You may want to change access for key individuals like your marketing teams to enable them to keep up to date with what is going on in the world of LinkedIn. Similarly, If you would normally allow access to social media for your sales team, you may want to consider restricting some of this to ensure productivity. 

  • Has your appointed Security Officer carried out a Risk Assessment?

A risk assessment will help to identify any areas for potential user error. A DPIA should also be carried out to identify any new risks to personal data being accessed remotely.

To avoid any of your remote workers become victims of phishing attacks, your colleagues should be provided with a good understanding of security awareness. Things like the risks in using public wifi for example. So have you had someone check that the individuals home networks are correctly configured? Putting together a 'damage limitations and mitigation' list for your staff to have handy would be a simple way of ensuring that everyone is doing their due diligence in ensuring they, and your organisation are staying safe.

 

There are of course many other things to consider when you move your business to a remote working model, and we are here to help you identify the bits that you need in order to remain safe and secure but productive at the same time.

 

If you would like to speak to someone to discuss your checklist, give us a call on 01782 667700.

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