The business enterprises are relying more on mobile workforce than ever. Along with this immense dependence on remote access comes the risk of data loss, hacking and malicious corruption. Cybercrime is on the rise and there are numerous security issues regarding remote workers who gain access to corporate network through hotspots in public places, hotels etc.
Remote workers play significant role in enhancing productivity, but at the same time there is also high risk of leakage, or malicious usage of company’s digital data assets. The mobile user doesn’t have the slightest idea that malicious activities are being carried across his remote access.
Mitigating the Online Threats
Public hotspots are more vulnerable to data security breaches, because the data files are not encrypted. Moreover, the Emails, passwords and other sensitive information can be easily intercepted by the hackers.
This data security challenge is very tricky and you need to be on your toes round-the-clock. The IT managers can work on few simple techniques and most importantly, educate their remote workforce.
- Incorporation of local Firewall
The leading operating systems feature built-in firewall, and if not, the users can download it from the vendor’s website. Suspicious traffic can be blocked on client device with installation of firewall. Furthermore, the malware attacks can be prevented by enforcement of anti-virus policies.
- Enforcement of HTTPs
This further adds a protection layer over the traditional open HTTP connectivity. SSL, or simply HTTPs, intensifies the security and markedly reduces the possibility of organization’s digital information from being maliciously hacked.
- Turn on Wi-Fi when required
The mobile workers must change default setting of their devices, and disable its Wi-Fi. The users would be unaware of the malicious interception, and of course become an easy target, if their Wi-Fi is ON all the time.
- Create VPN
Majority of the companies allow non-encrypted access to their application just to facilitate their mobile workers. This ease-of-use is more helpful to the interceptors rather than your employees, and it can be very costly. So make sure that all remote users are provided access to organizational resources through secure VPN connection.
- Increase the steps for User Login
Don’t allow easy access to your corporate resources. Intensify the entire process. After logging into the hotspot, the next step should be connection through VPN and afterwards to the application.
- Connections should be Validated
There are numerous wireless networks around and the users will have to make the decision which connectivity allows secure session. Critical information is accessed through this channel, so ensure that users are connected to the right secure network.