Working remotely means that more security is required to protect your data. All information transmitted across the internet has a potential to be attacked by hackers. Laptops and other mobile devices are often used on unsecure public networks, such as in cafes or hotels.
At a minimum, any computer or laptop that connects to the company network remotely should have enterprise-grade anti-virus, anti-malware, up–to–date Operating System(OS) patching, up–to–date software patching, strong passwords, a network security firewall, and other measures such as port blocking or data loss prevention.
The company network and on premises computers, servers and laptops should have the same level of protection or greater.
To secure data transmission across networks and the internet, a Secure Socket Layer(SSL) Virtual Private Networking(VPN) Tunnel will encrypt the path the data takes. This utilizes a third party Secure Socket Layer(SSL) certificate. The SSL certificate helps encrypt data and prevent “Man-in-the-Middle” attacks. A “Man-in-the-Middle” attack is when a hacker impersonates the destination of the data across the internet and steals private information.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Berkley University’s Information Security Policy offers several steps that can be used for securing remote desktop connections
WHAT PALMER TECHNOLOGY OFFERS
PTS offers Managed Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware to help protect against viruses, Managed Security for network security, PMM for OS patching and computer monitoring, and can assist with setting up and configuring SSL VPN Tunnel for your environment.