So, you’ve heard the buzz about remote work security, right? That’s probably why you’re here, and for good reason. That’s why we’re diving into the nitty-gritty of it all in this month’s newsletter. Stay tuned because we’re about to let you in on the best security practices and essential tools you need to keep your organization safe and sound in the remote work world.

Securing Remote Access

Let’s kick things off with the basics: remote access security.  We’re big fans of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). So, what does that mean for you? Well, picture this: With a VPN, you are creating a secure tunnel between your device and your company’s network. No more worrying about hackers snooping on your data while you’re working from your favourite coffee shop. And with 2FA, logging in is as easy as can be, just enter your password, then verify your identity with a quick code sent to your phone.

Protecting Data and Communications

Encrypting your data and communications should not be overlooked. With end-to-end encryption, even if someone does manage to intercept your data, all they’ll see is a jumble of meaningless characters.  Data is either “at rest” – in which case, the key is that your data lives in encrypted places (file storage services, laptops, backups, etc, that are well protected by good passwords and 2FA), or it’s “in flight”, which is where VPN services, TLS, SSL Secure web sites, etc are providing protection.

Mitigating Cyber Threats

Speaking of cyber criminals… Phishing scams, malware attacks, you name it, they’re out there. Education, top-notch endpoint security solutions, and monitoring are keys to minimizing risk. We provide bite sized monthly training that help everyone stay aware of what risk looks like.  In case something gets clicked anyway, next lines of defence are security software, such as Sentinel One and DNS Filtering which can step in and block the potential threat before it can do any damage.  Most of our clients have us running regular monitors and checklists to keep an eye out for anything not normal, testing backups, and ensuring that recommended settings/permissions are in place. 

DNS Filtering for Added Protection

You might be wondering, what on earth is DNS filtering? Well, think of it as your own personal security guard for your internet connection. DNS filtering works behind the scenes to block access to malicious websites and known threats before they even reach your device. With DNS filtering in place, there is another whole layer of protection checking what your computer is asking for.

Enforcing Security Policies

Of course, none of this security stuff means much if you don’t have some solid security policies in place. Password management, device security, data handling, it’s all part of the security process.  The policies and processes needed to reduce your risks can be simple and clear.  With clear policies in place, everyone in your organization knows exactly what’s expected of them when it comes to security. It’s like having a roadmap to keeping your data safe, with all the potential pitfalls clearly marked along the way.

What Pund-IT Can Do For You

Speaking of solid security solutions, Pund-IT is here to help.  We’re all about empowering organizations with the tools they need to stay safe. From secure VPN services to top-of-the-line endpoint security solutions to training and partnerships, we’ve got everything you need to help keep your data safe, no matter where you are. And with our expert team by your side, you’ll never have to navigate these waters alone.

Conclusion:

That’s the lowdown on remote work security. By following these best practices and arming yourself with the right tools, you can keep your organization safe and secure, even in the remote work jungle. Have any questions or need some extra guidance? Don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help you navigate the world of remote work security with confidence.

Looking forward to more years of serving you well,

  • The Pund-IT Team

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