Remote work

Remote work

Is working remotely the new normal?

Before the pandemic dramatically changed our way of working, remote work was seen as a relatively unusual phenomenon. However, today it has become a part of everyday life for many people, and many experts believe that we are at the beginning of a shift where remote work will become significantly more common in the future. In order to enable the flexibility involved with remote work in the long term, it is wise to implement risk-reduction measures to avoid the security risks that remote work can create for the business. At Sentor, we are experts on this issue and can help you to ask the right questions and guide you to good solutions.

80 %
indicated that they very rarely or never worked from home before the pandemic
50 %
indicated that the company had not updated their security policy in conjunction with implementing remote work
25 %
of all IT administrators now manage their IT environments remotely

CHALLENGES

The foremost risks with remote work

Unprotected environment

In an office environment, layers of protection are often present when employees are connected to the company’s network. For remote work, many people work from their private network, which opens up the majority of risks.

Endpoints are extra vulnerable

When employees perform the majority of the work in a cloud environment, it is critical to protect endpoints such as laptops and smart phones. Therefore, these need to be kept up-to-date and have added protection mechanisms.

Poor guidelines

When changes are made quickly and new work methods and technologies are implemented, it is difficult to ensure that guidelines and policies are in place that spell out what is applicable.

Access Management

Managing users and authorised access is incredibly important when it comes to using various online services. If these are managed incorrectly, a hacker can gain a foothold and reach deeper into the environment.

Poorly configured cloud storage

Many companies are not sufficiently careful in terms of configuring their cloud services. Incorrect configurations can result in data leaks, but also in deletion of data or having it manipulated by someone with the wrong intentions.

Compliance

When new technologies are introduced without clear guidelines, this can affect observance of various compliance requirements that the organisation is subject to.

Measures to implement

Four ways to reduce your risks

Manage threats

When employees work from home, it is critical to quickly detect and manage threats on individual endpoints such as computers and smart phones.

BlueSOC EDR

Security testing

To ensure that the information is handled in an adequate manner, security tests of the applications and cloud services should be performed in order to identify security gaps.

Security testing

Risk analysis

Sentor can provide insights in terms of what are the foremost risks with remote work for your business and recommend measures to minimise these risks.

Risk Management

Compliance

When the pace of digitalisation increases quickly, it is difficult to navigate the challenges when compliance requirements still need to be observed.

Compliance & Regulatory

Gartner's reflections

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to quickly focus on three priorities: preserve cash and optimize IT costs, support and secure a remote workforce, and ensure resiliency.”

Gartner, November 17, 2020

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