Don't Compromise on Security for Work From Home (WFH) Programs

A decade ago, it would have been completely out of the question; work from home (WFH) and access critical infrastructure? It was not going to happen. But amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, WFH is a necessity to keep operating. Even the largest enterprises, many of them with very valuable data to protect, such as Goldman Sachs, Citi, and PwC, have preemptively asked for all employees in certain geographic areas to work from home. Others, following the CDC’s guidelines are letting potentially exposed employees work from home. With the need to keep operating in the face of this outbreak, how do you ensure the applications and data on your critical network remain secure even when accessed remotely now, during this outbreak? 

Zero Trust

The Zero Trust movement led to solutions, such as a Software Defined Perimeter, that make application access secure regardless of where users are accessing from. These Zero Trust solutions protect the applications, user devices, and data by ensuring that both the device and user are vetted before having any level of access to the resource they are trying to access. This ensures neither hackers nor their rogue devices have an opportunity to attack. Zero Trust technologies not only improve security for remote access but are also designed to be consistently used within the traditional perimeter — so these solutions will provide ongoing value when workers return to the office.

Better VPN Alternative

You may be thinking, you already have such a solution; your VPN. Many organizations have learned the hard way that a traditional VPN is not sufficient protection, and moreover, just adds latency if the users are accessing cloud-hosted applications, as is so common these days. The latest Zero Trust solutions go way beyond a legacy VPN for protecting remote access - permitting both more secure access to cloud-hosted applications without hair-pinning through the corporate network; and for resources still on-premise where VPN access is typical, they prevent the sort of attacks that traditional VPNs are open to, such as Pre-Auth and Remote Code Execution (RCE) attacks and lateral movement when otherwise compromised. Another significant way they offset VPN weaknesses is by integrating with your existing Identity Access Management solution thereby permitting easier management of access to specific resources and by leveraging the Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) that these solutions offer. 

Deploy Fast, Benefit Now

Often technical solutions can take months of planning and implementation work. The good news is that OPSWAT solutions can be deployed very quickly – in a matter of hours. As these services are delivered via the cloud, your organization can implement secure, remote access to critical resources with little time required to implement. As you are developing plans on how to best address providing secure remote access in your organization, OPSWAT can help you get up and running quickly.

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