Hybrid work model poses new obstacles for SMEs
Devolutions offers tips to boost cybersecurity – without sacrificing productivity
Securing the hybrid workforce
Remote and office work – a hybrid model – will be increasingly common in a post-pandemic world. To help businesses more securely manage a hybrid workforce, Devolutions recommends these tips: improve cloud security, strengthen the weakest link (end users), use a VPN, implement single sign-on and cloud based password manager.
MONTREAL, April 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – As a global pandemic nears its end, businesses around the world are asking: How are we going to work in the future? Three in five companies that were in the office before COVID-19 are now at least partially remote, with a recent survey showing that 82% of business executives plan to allow employees to work remotely part of the time after the pandemic. It quickly becomes clear that in the future, the traditional workplace could be anything but.
Remote and office work – a hybrid model – is increasingly seen as an answer to what the future of work will look like. The distributed workforce this will create will create a host of challenges for SMBs, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Channel Partners, not least of which is information security. According to software developer Devolutions, balancing cybersecurity and productivity will be critical for those companies looking to deploy a post-pandemic hybrid working model.
Remote workers need access to all of the same digital assets as onsite workers, which requires secure connections to and from corporate networks and cloud services and applications. Password security is also a concern, both âinside the wallsâ and outside. Organizations need to secure critical assets, control and monitor sensitive information and privileged access, as well as safeguard and manage business user passwords, while ensuring employees are productive and efficient. From an infrastructure perspective, IT professionals need to be able to easily and securely access the devices of home-based workers, ideally from a single dashboard.
Small businesses rarely have the talents, tools, or IT budgets to prevent many forms of cyberattacks. However, with the right tools in place, IT pros can successfully tackle these challenges without breaking the bank. This is where Devolutions comes in.
âWhile the future is difficult to predict, it’s safe to say that remote working is here to stay and will only become more prevalent over time,â said Maxime Trottier, vice president of sales and marketing. for Devolutions. âDevolutions’ suite of IT solutions help users cost-effectively, easily and efficiently achieve their remote desktop management, password management, privileged access management and cybersecurity goals. “
To help organizations more securely manage a hybrid workforce, Devolutions recommends the following:
Improve cloud security
The increase in the number of remote workers has dramatically accelerated the popularity of cloud-based applications and platforms. Organizations need to strengthen cloud security by deploying multi-function authentication (MFA), privileged access management, and end-user monitoring and logging. They must also safely disembark departing users.
Strengthening the weak link: end users
Now that the attack surface is much larger due to remote working, organizations must establish, deploy and enforce threat detection programs and policies beyond their corporate environment and into home offices. . In addition, organizations should provide end-users with ongoing training in cybersecurity.
Use a virtual private network (VPN)
VPNs should be made mandatory instead of optional. However, VPNs are not optimized for out-of-the-box security. The main ways to increase the VPN security level include: implementing MFA, using the OpenVPN protocol, testing for leaks (DNS, IPv6 and WebRTC), using a kill switch, using a network lock, limiting VPN access to end users specific and authorized, and consider using an intranet or extranet (with MFA) instead of a VPN to access highly sensitive files.
Implement single sign-on (SSO)
Every time a teleworker (or any other end user) logs into an app, a door opens to allow hackers to potentially invade devices and networks. Single sign-on allows end users to log in once with a single set of credentials, and therefore access all applications, data, and websites for which they have authorization.
Implement a cloud-based password manager
A growing number of organizations have remote workers who work in different locations and at different times. In addition, some companies such as MSPs have workers who spend the majority of their time on site with various clients. Forcing these workers to use remote credential management and on-site password management tools is cumbersome and inefficient. It can also create risk and customer service issues, as urgent issues cannot be dealt with quickly. Cloud-based password manager helps end users store and manage passwords in a single, reliable cloud solution, so they can be efficient and secure, wherever and whenever where they work.
Cloud-based repository: a must for secure access – from anywhere
New to Devolutions is a set of product enhancements designed to support hybrid SMB work environments. One of the biggest improvements is that Devolutions’ Remote Desktop Manager can now be connected to its Password Hub to create a cloud-based repository for IT pros. A secure and easy-to-use cloud-based password management solution for team environments, Password Hub Business enables organizations to store, manage and share business user passwords and other sensitive data through one interface Web. When combined with Remote Desktop Manager, users can securely access their data from anywhere using an internet connection – and IT pros get the centralized, user-based view. cloud they need.
For more information on Devolutions and how their solutions are helping SMEs adapt to a changing business landscape, please visit devolutions.net.
Founded in 2010, Devolutions is a Canadian company located near Montreal, Quebec. With more than 500,000 users in more than 140 countries, Devolutions’s mission is to develop innovative software that helps users to achieve their goals of remote desktop management, password management, and cost-effectiveness in a cost-effective, simple and efficient manner. management of privileged access and cybersecurity. The company is also committed to providing exceptional technical support, ensuring a great user experience that exceeds expectations, and delivering high performance with premium quality. For more information on Devolutions and its solutions, visit devolutions.net, follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, like on Facebook or subscribe on YouTube.
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