Secure Remote Access

We can help secure your remote workforce

“As we know remote working has dramatically increased in popularity and necessity in recent years. Companies have been challenged to rapidly meet the unexpected technological needs of a mobile workforce. But is your business still secure?

Cyber criminals are now targeting remote users as they know that many of the secure remote access controls are not in place. There has been an increase in bogus ‘phishing’ emails which once clicked can lead to devices becoming infected.

The rise in phishing emails have been observed in several countries not just the UK and can lead to monetary loss and a compromise of sensitive business data.”

Gareth Guest, Solutions4IT Security Expert

Secure Remote Access

We can advise on best practice for remote desktop access to ensure your employees who are working remotely are using a secured connection through either a virtual private network (VPN) or accessing state of the art cost effective Azure virtual desktops through Microsoft.

We can enable your remote workforce with a secure and structured approach that will give a productive seamless experience, while adhering to security best practice to safeguard your business.

Contact our team of experts at Solutions 4 IT today, we can provide a comprehensive network and security assessment and advise on the best course of action that is right for your business.

Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop Access (RDP) allows employees the ability to connect to another computer over a network connection. When combined with VPN authentication this provides a secure easily accessible solution for your remote workforce. The Remote Desktop protocol has been around since the days of Windows XP. When configured securely it’s a tried and tested method that works well with users that are using their own devices (BYOD). RDP lends itself to modern flexible working where users may want to access their desktop from another location, country or use for instance an Apple iPad.

Data Compliance and Remote Desktop – The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) needs to be considered when planning your remote desktop access policy. GDPR details what businesses can and cannot do with customer and user data, including the way it’s stored, transmitted, processed, and destroyed. 

Below are some key points that will adhere to GDPR:

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Create a Remote Working Policy that outlines the importance of protecting data and how this is accomplished and what procedures need to be followed.

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Choose a secure remote working infrastructure and ensure that all users are connecting through this technology. This has the advantage of being auditable, and logs kept in case of a security breach.

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Ensure all users are using a VPN to access company data, this should be enforced and will adhere to the GDPR requirement of encrypting customer data.

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Data must also be encrypted when it is stored or “at rest” within servers and hard drives. Control of this data using remote desktop guidelines helps to ensure compliance.

Virtual Private Network

Secure connectivity to your business is essential if your remote staff members are to be productive. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are an essential security layer to your network, allowing secure access to business data over the Internet. A VPN creates secure connections between computers or networks in different locations. Operating at the network layer, a client-based VPN provides users access to the entire network wherever they are located.

VPN Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) – Just like any other service that is accessed the VPN is compatible with secured 2FA which is easy to use and integrates with many other leading MFA providers.

 Bring Your Own Device

There has been a transition from the traditional approach of providing employees with a company laptop. It is increasingly more common that they use their personal laptop for business usage. This is one of the major threats currently as the device will not have the security, visibility, or safeguards of a professionally managed device.

Solutions 4 IT can help to secure company data on users’ personal devices. Through the use of Remote Desktop or Conditional Access with Microsoft Intune we can control the applications and user devices that are able to connect to both company resources and emails.

Before considering a BYOD solution it is vital to understand the additional risks involved. This will then allow you to create a BYOD policy which ideally will balance security for your business with acceptability and availability for your employees.

BYOD Security risks

There will be less control and visibility of your employees’ personal devices which mean BYOD deployments may have a heightened security risk rather than provisioning company owned assets. Malware, unauthorised access, and data compromise are the main security threats. Although with the correct procedural and technical control measures in place, these risks can be managed.

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