With the pandemic situation at hand since 2020, the increase in remote workforce has been manifold across the world. This prodigious pace of digitalization has placed tremendous pressure on businesses to secure their remote workforce which is a vulnerable bunch compared to centralized inhouse teams.
Unlike the inhouse teams where confidential information is locked down behind firewalls and workstations, remote workers are now encouraged to use their laptops and their own devices (BYOD) in the comfort of their homes.
Since most communication now happens online, the remote workforce is highly susceptible to identity theft and other evolving cyber threats.
However organizations can take strategic steps to securing remote workforce with the right set of policies in place, and minimize risks of hacks and breaches.
- Zero Trust Security with End-to-end Security Models
Most cybersecurity teams face a huge proliferation of hundreds of point solutions in recent years. It always helps to have an integrated platform that binds solutions together, easing the pressure on cybersecurity teams to secure the remote workforce. With a zero trust security model as a part of your cybersecurity strategy, teams can handle the remote workforce both effectively and cost efficiently. A Zero-Trust architecture aids in identity and access management today that relies on verification instead of trust. This approach ensures that user information is always authenticated and encrypted in real time for every entry.
2. Use of Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
Two-factor or Multi-factor Authentication is a 2-step or multi-step verification approach that ensures strong security benefits when accessing organizational data! The authentication should be enforced by administrators of the organization with a mandatory policy for all users to adhere to a two-factor authentication setup to their company account. Use of one-time passwords (TOTP) with tools like “Google Authenticator” or Authy works in encrypting and backing up 2FA tokens securely on cloud. This approach allows quick restore of passphrases and login information in case of loss of phone or number through disaster recovery methods.
- Ensure Constant Vigilance
Irrespective of your belief in your homegrown security measures, it is healthy to be somewhat paranoid and suspicious about online communication, social network or text messages, or password reset alerts, etc. The Cybersecurity strategy needs to highlight that employees strictly do not click on suspicious links or prove identity to unknown people. Organizations must issue a clear roadmap to their workforce on how to be cautious about malicious users and be vigilant all the time.
- Establish Cryptographic Identities
Organizations should design their cybersecurity strategy to incorporate cryptographic identities for professionals with critical roles and accessibility to organizational data and processes. Coinbase’s keybase profile for instance allows users to cryptographically sign PGP keys of their team and a specific PGP key for their compliance department. Since the authenticated professionals will have access to the PGP key and no one else, this identity will remain safe despite compromise of other identities. Senders can encrypt information with your public key when sending messages too.
- Implement a Robust and Clear Security Policy
A security policy for any organization is an established protocol for all employees to follow when performing any kind of action. With a stringent and robust security policy, organizations can take steps to securing remote workforce and preserve the integrity of critical data. Cybersecurity strategies should ensure that both the security administrator as well as the HR team implement NDAs and contracts, get emergency contact information, grant role-based access and privileges only, use password managers, authentication policies, and more.
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