How secure are your devices? With remote working increasingly positioning itself as the ‘new normal’, organisations are under more pressure than ever before to reinforce the workplace – no matter where it happens to be.
With the traditional ideas around the office rapidly coming undone, employees are increasingly benefiting from a work at home approach – as are organisations themselves. Suddenly, office-based overheads are a thing of the past, while employees are happier, more efficient, and able to be sourced from a wider talent pool from across the world.
Before organisations rush into implementing remote working, however, it pays to recognise the grave security risks that come with ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and work from home policies. Suddenly, the security perimeter is much wider, encompassing the various devices used by employees – leaving organisations open to attack.
Securing Remote Working
Successful mobile security begins with recognising and acknowledging the vulnerabilities in your mobile security perimeter. That means making peace with the fact that all of your employees’ devices need to be treated with a Zero Trust mindset – act like they’re already a risk and work to mitigate the threat they pose quickly.
Meanwhile, organisations must define what they consider to be acceptable conditions for devices in order to access data, before assessing devices – both personal and corporate – against that standard. If those standards aren’t being met, access isn’t granted, and data is kept secure.
Performing this assessment every time a device requests access is a sure-fire way to guarantee that no matter where in the world your team is, they’re practising secure remote working, and their devices and your data are out of harm’s way.
Solutions for Every Device
Putting the idea of secure remote working into practice means leaning on the extensive Microsoft solutions available to organisations – and working with the right experts, of course.
As part of the Microsoft device protection stack, you can rely on:
Define a mobile management strategy that fits the needs of your organisation by applying flexible mobile device and app management controls, allowing employees to work with the devices and apps they choose, wherever they choose, all while protecting your company information.
Choose the level of control you require over devices. From full enrolment which offers total control over a device, to a more flexible model that uses encrypted containers to separate personal and work data helping to increase productivity while maintaining a work life balance.
Enterprise Mobility Suite E3 & E5
Identity-driven innovations help you stay secure and productive on your favourite apps and devices.
Building on the foundations of Identity Management and Device Management additional elements can be brought in such as Conditional Access which will grant or deny access based on the policies set in other areas, including location, device or user risk, users / groups or even request type (see New tools to block legacy authentication in your organisation)
Lookout post-perimeter security enables you to put the trust in zero trust by establishing continuous conditional access to data based on risk.
Do you know where the data is stored by every app on every mobile phone in your estate? Lookout Knows.
Are you certain that a device has not been compromised by a nation state using Pegasus? Do you know what vulnerabilities have been found in iOS and Android operating systems and how many devices in your business could be affected? Lookout Knows.
Interested in how we can help to secure your organisation’s devices? Get in touch with our team, or drop a note using the form on this page.