Do you have concerns about your remote work security?

Now that the sudden and unexpected shift to working in virtualized offices is behind us and employees are settling into the new normal of working from home, it’s time to evaluate whether your company is set up for long-term success. If your organization is new to working virtually, then you may encounter some potential potholes as you navigate this transition. Our Remote Workforce Checklist is designed to help guide you through the sometimes complex adjustment to a virtualized workplace while auditing your business’ remote work security practices.

While you may have an array of regulations and protocols in place for your infrastructure, cybersecurity, and project management in the office, unforeseen challenges can emerge when you examine your guidelines through the lens of virtual work.

Provide secure, uninterrupted access to your networks

Take your infrastructure, for example. Does your current infrastructure support remote access for employees who are logging in from home? Do you own the connection, and if you don’t, what do you need to do to ensure your employees have reliable, uninterrupted, and secure access from different locations? These are just a few of the infrastructure questions we encourage companies with virtualized offices to ask.

Virtualized offices bring new cybersecurity risks

You’ll also want to review your company’s cybersecurity efforts. Are your networks secure for remote access? Are your employees connecting to the network via secure devices? Have your identity and access protocols been updated with remote work in mind? Think about sending out refreshed guidelines about phishing scams, malware, and the security of home Wi-Fi connections. Lastly, if you find yourself in a situation where you’re reducing your workforce, have you worked through a comprehensive plan for terminating network access and recovering hardware?

Stay productive and collaborative, no matter where your team is located

It’s critical to ensure productivity and support remain high in virtualized offices. Do your employees have access to responsive support for network issues? Do you have guidelines in place for how to troubleshoot tech issues that arise? Evaluate updating your protocols now so your employees aren’t left scrambling to solve technical issues on their own.

Working from home doesn’t mean working alone. Ensure your project management and collaboration procedures are updated with virtual work in mind. Consider using tools like Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex or Zoom to stay connected, and whether you should provide access to project management tools like Slack, Basecamp, Monday.com, or Jira to help your employees stay organized, on top of projects, and up-to-date.

Our working world has changed and it’s crucial for your business to adapt and shift along with it. If you give consideration to these critical questions and lay out a comprehensive framework for working from virtualized offices now, your team and your business will be well prepared and productive anywhere.

 

Audit Your Remote Work Security

Most everyone understands that an annual physical checkup is the best way to stay fit and guard against potentially harmful illnesses. Or that taking your car in for periodic tune ups is the most effective way to ensure your vehicle runs reliably over the long haul. The same concept applies to your IT infrastructure.

IT leaders striving to protect their organizations from outside threats are increasingly looking to optimize their security with a centralized integrated management system based on open architecture. A centrally managed approach makes the enterprise security infrastructure more agile, effective, and proactive. It improves the efficiency of security teams and drives down the overall costs of security management.

Increasingly, organizations have turned to McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) as their centralized security management platform. While that’s a good start, you need to be vigilant in ensuring your ePO is providing the threat defense you need. The best way to do that is with a comprehensive ePO health check.

DG Technology’s ePO Health Check Service provides an analysis of your existing ePO environment to make sure it is operating effectively and to identify any possible misconfigurations. When configured and deployed correctly, your ePO delivers a coordinated, proactive defense against malicious threats and attacks, and helps keep protection up to date.

Reducing your attack surface

A health check often results in “quick wins” that reduce your attack surface and capture some payloads and techniques that hadn’t been identified before. The checkup covers the ePO console, associated ePO components, Virus scan (VSE), and Intel Security Encryption.

The key tasks performed during the check include:

In addition, you will get a complete review of your existing ePO deployment, defined best practices for AV policies, complete documentation of your ePO configuration, and identification of any pain points or non-functioning features.

Provides a go-forward road map

Following the checkup, you will receive a detailed roadmap to help you move forward and ensure the stability of your security infrastructure. The report will identify your bandwidth utilization by Web 2.0 applications, potentially risky applications and anonymizers, malware downloads, malicious sites, and bot-net activity, vulnerability exploits (IPS) and Advance Evasion Techniques, and a documented set of remediation recommendations.

You have taken an important first step by implementing McAfee’s ePO as your security foundation. Make sure it is still delivering the level of security you expect. Contact DG Technology to set up your free network security health check.