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Creating a Secure Remote-Work Environment

Flexible work options have become the gold standard in office employment. As world events continue to shape our culture and habits, the ability to work remotely evolves from a luxury to a necessity. Innovations in technology have also made remote access more economical to implement.

When evaluating and implementing remote-work policy and technologies, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your organization and customer data stay secure.

Choose the infrastructure that fits your goals:

Most organizations follow 1 of 2 paths for remote work accessibility if employees need to access information from the company’s internal network (i.e., not all your business applications and file storage are cloud-based).

Option 1: Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • Access any files or applications as if the employee were sitting in the office

  • Better for use strictly on laptops or desktop devices

  • Performance can lag behind other options

  • Data can be copied or transferred to the employee’s device (higher risk of data leakage)

  • If the user’s device is lost or stolen, malicious actors would have unfettered access to your network.

Option 2: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

  • More flexible and customizable than other options

    • Access only files and applications as curated by the administrator for each user/ group

  • Can be used on any device

  • Faster performance

  • Data cannot be copied or transferred from the corporate network to the user’s device

  • VDI does not provide unfettered access to the network if a device is lost or stolen.

Create a Written Remote-Work Policy:

Once you decide to allow remote access to your files and applications creating, documenting, and enforcing a remote-work policy that includes security, productivity, and code-of-conduct guidelines is imperative. 

Security

If implemented correctly, providing remote access to files and applications can be just as secure as having your employees physically in the office.