Given the current global climate, it’s likely that your workforce has seen a huge increase in employees working from home. While you may have some security in place to accommodate this sudden shift, it’s tough to be fully prepared.
Security Risks to Watch for When People Work Remotely
Having people work remotely changes many things. Assumptions about how your people get to apps in the cloud or on-site—and how you protect them—often can be turned inside out. You can use your Forcepoint solutions to help your enterprise stay safe and your people productive as they:
You’ve probably already begun adopting cloud-based applications and allowing some people to work from the road or at home. But processes that worked for a small number of people may not function well at scale. If you’ve already deployed Forcepoint products for office-based use, a few small changes can let you use what you already have to protect people as they work from home or other off-site locations.
Extending Your Email Phishing Protection Outside the Office
Like many organizations, you probably already have email security in place that has been configured to provide remote access to email from mobile or managed devices.
As the number of people who work remotely increases, you may want to double-check that you’re protecting email going in both directions:
→ Inbound – Messages and attachments sent to your users should be inspected for phishing, ransomware, malware, spam, and other undesirable content.
→ Outbound – Messages and attachments that your users send should be scanned to make sure that sensitive data, intellectual property, and other business information is not being transmitted inappropriately (this is often referred to as Data Loss Prevention or DLP). You should also be inspecting outbound traffic for malware to ensure your employees aren’t infecting your customers.
If you’re using Forcepoint Email Security and already provide remote access to email, simply make sure that the mail transfer agent you’ve connected to it has enough network capacity between it and the internet to support an increase in remote traffic.
Phishing messages which entice users to click on seemingly benign links on the web continue to be the leading source of attacks. While most email security systems will flag or block links to web sites that are known to be bad, previously unseen sites may not be blocked. Workers who are no longer in the office need web security that protects them no matter where they are.
Safeguarding People as They Browse and Use the Web Differently
Your organization likely went from working in the office to working from home. Unfortunately, traditional on-premises solutions, like an appliance-based secure web gateway, only protect users when they’re on network. While going to the cloud has been a concern for some, particularly amidst rapid SaaS adoption (of both sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud apps), the reality is that the cloud is more friend than foe—now more than ever. This is especially true with Web Security. Your corporate network must provide users the same level of protection at home as they would have in the office.
Cloud-based Web Security enables your new or existing work-from-home workforce to safely access web content, adapting to how your people work beyond just the cloud applications they access. At a time when going to the office isn’t an option, sending your children to school isn’t an option, and attending appointments, meetings, and gatherings—business and personal alike—isn’t an option, what do you do? Increased web usage is guaranteed as your now-remote employees stay connected by reading the news, checking LinkedIn, and using the web to continue their everyday lives. So, between business web usage and personal browsing, protecting your organization from web-borne threats is key.
Download guide to learn how to:
- Extend your email phishing protection outside the office
- Safeguard your people as they use the web differently
- Ensure data security in a multi-cloud environment
- Connect remote workers to internal applications and data