The best way to embrace remote work endpoint security measures is to make them the norm for your business. This will no doubt mean that you will have to put them in place and introduce them to your current employees; however, you will find that new employees will readily welcome and settle down easily with your new procedures as they will not have known any other way with your business.
You might not be in favor of the extra effort and possible expense of putting this in place, but the cost of cutting corners or not doing it at all could be much higher. To get the best result in the fastest time, you might consider investing your resources in three main areas.
#1 Zero trust authorization
The first box to tick is to invest in some zero-trust authorization software for all of your apps and services that your remote workers use. Having your employees actively needing to complete several different forms of entry criteria will reduce the likelihood of a cybercriminal gaining access. This is because they may find it relatively easy to guess a password and even a username; they will be less likely to be able to duplicate a personal smartcard or, for that matter, a remote worker's fingerprint, retina scan, or voice pattern.
#2 Install appropriate firewalls
You should install the appropriate firewalls to keep your business and your remote workers safe from the nefarious activities of hackers and security breaches. A SonicWall Firewall, for instance, could help your security measures while also improving the overall user experience for your remote workers. This could potentially free up time and relieve the inevitable tension and stress that is experienced when data, files, and application sharing normally occur.
#3 Ensure remote workers are using VPNs
VPNs also play their part when it comes to security measures, and it is important that you insist that your remote workers use a VPN when they are working for your business. This is because a VPN will use a secure connection and allow your remote workers direct access to your business servers without opening up avenues to those with malicious intent.
It can also be used as a preventative to would-be hackers and cybercriminals as it hides the IP address and can therefore protect your business. There is also the added benefit that VPNs can typically bypass geo-restrictions to access websites in other counties, which is ideal if your worker is one of the many who live the ‘laptop lifestyle' and are traveling the world.
Remote work has many advantages for your business and can save you money at a time when it matters the most. However, it is a double-edged sword as having a host of remote workers also comes bundled with its own share of problems. To combat these, you should implement endpoint security for those remote workers by using VPNs and firewalls and instigating zero-trust protocols; by doing this, you give everyone involved the best chance of keeping themselves safe, as well as safeguarding your business data and reputation.