The advance of technology and resources available to businesses has made working remotely a convenient option for employers and employees alike. In the event of an employee being unable to make it to work they will still be able to access any important files from home, or if the office is under renovations, or if the weather makes work inaccessible. However with this luxury comes a few concerns. Besides being worried about employees watching Netflix and eating chips rather than actually you know, working remotely, there are other issues that may arise. Most pressing of which would be the concerns of security. Malicious attackers of a network can exploit remote access technologies as one of the easiest ways into a system. Studies have shown that up to 95% of infected computers involving malware recently have been as a result of remote network access. This alone is reason enough to secure your remote network access but PowerWiz will share more information as well as some solutions on how to secure your remote network access.
As many people know, the internet, while being one of the most revolutionary inventions of the past century is not all sunshine and rainbows. There are plenty of malicious people, websites, and software on the web looking to exploit weaknesses in people’s computers in order to steal money, or information. Unfortunately, in the the case of remote network access, this new luxury for employers and employees alike, it is a relatively easy technology to exploit. Even a technology giant like Sony was taken advantage of through a remote access hack and lost a lot of credibility as a result. All the more reason to secure your remote network access. One of the reasons remote network access is easily exploitable is that through remote access, third party companies are given access to a company’s data.
So as a company how do you secure your remote network access? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so knowing this, it is important to have a good plan in place in order to prevent issues from occurring later on. Employees who will be given remote network access should be sorted into different levels of clearance. These levels of clearance will allow only certain employees access to possibly sensitive information. This reduces the possibility of sensitive info being hacked into because there will be less people to go through in order to get to that info. Another good practice to have is to allow only certain types of devices to access a network. While smart phones are certainly powerful enough to handle many business processes now, they are at risk of being stolen or lost a lot more than say a laptop. if handling sensitive info, maybe smart phones should not be given the ability to access these networks. Proper training on countering negligence should also be given as well as the standard procedures in the event of a hack.
PowerWiz would be happy to assist in any technology needs, such as setting up and securing your remote network access that face a business.