Protecting remote workers with strong endpoint security is more critical than ever. Many companies are moving to flexible remote working policies and enabling the home office setup in rapid time.
The personal and business response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic means that we have a sudden, massive remote workforce like we’ve never seen before. While this scenario will not last forever, the concept of remote working has been an encroaching culture shift for years as companies have had to compete for talent. Flex-remote working may finally become standardized as lives are disrupted and businesses face the reality of adapting.
There’s a massive challenge here to figure out how to keep businesses up and running in this new model while making sure remote access needs are met. Unfortunately, remote computing significantly increases an organization’s exposure to security risks they may not have fully understood or dealt with before.
A remote workforce means there are many more employee workstations sitting outside the corporate network. Millions of employees are connecting to confidential company information via home networks with likely no firewall protecting the home networks. The reality is unfortunate, but there are real threat actors taking advantage of lack of security. You may have already seen the fake coronavirus maps and other phishing emails luring users into unknowingly exposing corporate credentials or downloading malware and/or ransomware.
Ransomware is strictly about financial gain, and every organization is an equally viable target. So excuses like “we’re too small to be attacked” or “we’re an uninteresting business” are no longer tolerated. Threat actors often target unprotected devices (especially a personal device) and wait until they are reconnected to the corporate network to launch a broad takeover of data for ransom.
Most people have heard of Antivirus protection. Endpoint security has all the capabilities of antivirus protection and much more:
- Web protection: Prevents access to malicious websites, ad networks, scammer network, etc
- Application Hardening: Takes your vital application and makes it more difficult to tamper with
- Exploit Mitigation: Proactively detects and blocks attempts to abuse vulnerabilities
- Application Behavior: Prevents applications from being used to infect your machines
- Anomaly Detection Machine Learning: Proactively identifies viruses and malware through machine learning techniques
- Payload Analysis: Identifies entire families of known and relevant malware
- Ransomware Mitigation: Detects and blocks ransomware via behavioral monitoring technology
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Remote working policies are going to strain the resources of security operations teams that were already stretched thin at most companies and make it difficult to monitor activity while keeping up with the other logistical challenges.
At Digital Agent, we have a full team of cyber security experts that specialize in endpoint security. Our team is handling endpoint compromises on a daily basis and is well versed with how to respond when a known ransomware exploit is in progress, or even a suspicious process that is commonly used as a staging point for additional attack is quietly placed on an endpoint device.
If you’re concerned about protecting your remote employees and business, and keeping your data secure, we invite you to get in touch to learn how we can cover for you ourselves, or support your in-house team. We work with organizations of all types and sizes, and are taking active steps to protect our own engineers from the spread of COVID-19 to make sure we’re there for you.
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