Secure Remote Access

Providing employees with secure remote access to applications deployed behind the firewall is a core requirement for all businesses. Increasingly, enterprises must also deal with the riskier proposition of providing this same access to third parties and remote users, including their contractors, partners, suppliers, and customers.  COVID-19 has massively accelerated the need for this, with some businesses now having 100% remote working.  With new domain names related to Coronavirus springing up daily, malicious actors are taking advantage of the situation with malware often being their weapon of choice.  A sudden move to home working means many employees are also having to use their own devices for access.  But there are ways you can make sure remote working doesn’t leave you vulnerable:

DNS Security

Cisco Umbrella provides the first line of defense against threats by protecting internet users not just working from home but wherever they go. From the cloud Umbrella delivers complete visibility of internet activity across all locations, devices, and users, and proactively blocks requests to malicious destinations before a connection is even established.

Nearly all internet communications need a DNS look up, so Umbrella secures your network at the DNS layer to provide security for almost all network communications – whether they are on or off the corporate network – protecting remote workers and providing secure remote access. Cisco Umbrella analyses huge volumes of data and internet activity from DNS requests and detects threat patterns. Find out more about DNS Security and Cisco Umbrella.

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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a cost effective, and widely used, way to manage non-local network growth. VPN is a virtualized private network that sits astride either the public Internet, or a major telecoms backbone network (such as the BT IP Network), in order to connect remote sites and users together.

Netskope provides a zero trust, secure remote access solution that supersedes legacy VPNs and addresses the challenges of secure application access in hybrid IT environments. Netskope Private Access reduces your organization’s attack surface and decreases risk, consistently protecting your applications, services and data in real-time, no matter where employees are located – great for home workers.  Find out more about Netskope Private Access by calling us on 0845 625 9025.

Endpoint Protection

When organizations need to move quickly, there may not be enough new corporate assets for everyone that needs to work from home and some business may need to ask employees to use their own devices to do their work.  Therefore these devices may or may not have adequate endpoint protection. Since these personal devices may be used to access sensitive company data and applications, they require appropriate cybersecurity measures that are simple to deploy and manage.  The cloud-native CrowdStrike Falcon® deploys in minutes to deliver real-time protection. Its cloud infrastructure and single-agent architecture take away complexity and add scalability, manageability, and speed making it ideally suited to supporting and securing remote workers.

Additionally, during this uncertain period, the Burst Licensing Program from CrowdStrike means customers may extend their existing license counts quickly and easily at no additional cost. This short-term program eliminates concerns customers may have about licensing their new systems, particularly because these licenses may only be needed for a short period of time.

Falcon PreventTM for Home Use allows organizations to provide their employees with a low-cost option for securing employee-owned devices, so employees who must use a home system to access corporate resources can do so safely.  Find out more about endpoint protection and Crowdstrike Falcon.

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To find out more about managing and controlling third party access to enterprise applications, please speak to an activereach Security and Networking Specialist on 0845 625 9025 or contact us.