IT security firm Check Point has recently conducted a survey that shows remote working is still a risky business. Out of all the firms surveyed, only 9% have implemented the best security strategy and 21% are still in the planning stage. The top challenges remain increasing performance by 46% companies, 42% still have issues in ensuring privacy and BYOD concept still remains a challenge with 40% companies not able to address the issues. These are the numbers that have come up even after one and a half year of pandemic and the crisis which followed. While companies did not have enough time to implement necessary security measures in the beginning, companies have now had ample time to implement and/ strengthen their security measures. Let us hear what new strategies, and technology EverestIMS has adopted to secure their organization's assets.
"Immediately after the pandemic started last year, our organization seamlessly transitioned to a remote working environment. While we had existing "work from anywhere" capabilities, we required a best-fit remote access platform to safeguard our technology assets against cyber threats and help manage dynamic workloads. Some of our business-critical needs were:
- Centralized policies for governing the way employees can remotely access our applications.
- The ability to record and audit all RDP/CLI sessions on our servers, as well as provide live video and playback
- Adopting a cloud SaaS system for easier collaborations.
- A thorough and stringent identity verification process for authenticating and allowing our business users to access organizational and customer data
Hence, we adopted a 'zero trust' strategy by deploying a cutting-edge remote access, authorization and security system. Powered by real-time cognition, detection and response, it had all the right features to proactively prevent malicious attacks and increase workforce productivity. It came equipped with a high-level security governance framework with command restrictions to block potentially dangerous tasks made accidentally by business users. And it secured every file which was transferred over the network. In the case of the suspect or infected files that could endanger our assets, access was instantly denied.
The 'zero trust' remote access system also ensured ease of recording the RDP and CLI sessions. With its collaborative session settings, our supervisors could easily join a remote session in progress to provide extra troubleshooting assistance.
With the unexpected workload of ensuring business continuity, there were a few minor challenges in terms of new technology adoption by users. However, with periodic training and internal awareness campaigns, we were able to bring them up to speed very quickly."