Four Solutions for Remote Working Safety and Security

The rise of sophisticated malware is a dangerous threat for remote workers and organisations. Besides the normal cyber threats, cyber attacks are being carried out by different countries targeting some key sectors, where personal data is found. Robust cooperative security malware protection across the organisation and segmenting the network to prevent threat propagation are key to securing your organisation’s network.

How to secure the network from end to end without compromising performance is one of the biggest challenges for IT managers and CISOs nowadays. In this article, we want to offer some practical advice on how to better protect your business and its staff, wherever they are working. Here is what you need to keep in mind so that both you and the company stay protected.

1. Protect company devices

Companies undertake a range of measures to protect their devices from any type of malware. But at home, it is trickier to provide that level of protection. In recent months, we have seen an increase in complex ransomware attacks against major global companies. Criminals are seeing malware and ransom attacks as a genuine revenue stream.

Fortinet’s FortiGate firewall offers strong security at a good price point, and it is becoming one of the most popular firewall vendors – frequent finalist on enterprise shortlists and included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. This next-generation firewall (NFW) uses purpose-built security processors and threat intelligence security services from FortiGuard labs to deliver top-rated protection and high performance including encrypted traffic. In a nutshell, FortiGate reduces complexity with automated visibility into applications, users, and networks, and provides security ratings to adopt security best practices, from the network edge to the core, data centre, internal segment, and the Cloud.

Encryption has become key to many defence cyber strategies, and organisations are looking to more securely protect their data and privacy, as well as meet compliance regulations, for example, GDPR. Its use is unsurprisingly on the rise, with Gartner estimating that more than 80% of enterprise web traffic is encrypted, and Google currently offering the HTTPS protocol as standard. FortiGate enterprise firewalls leverage purpose-built security processors (SPUs) that deliver scalable performance of advanced security services such as Threat Protection, SSL inspection, and ultra-low latency for protecting internal segments and mission-critical environments.

FortiGate NGFW provides automated visibility into cloud applications and IoT devices and automatically discovers end to end topology view of the enterprise network. FortiGate is a core part of security fabric and validated security to protect the enterprise network from known and unknown attacks.

2. Get a VPN to manage the company’s endpoints

Protecting the computer will not help if an attacker connects to your employee WiFi or takes up residence inside your router. Anyone who does that can intercept everything you send or enter online, including passwords for remote access to an office-based computer or corporate mail. Therefore, it is imperative to configure your network connection correctly. Public WiFi networks are often not encrypted at all, and even if they are, anyone can get hold of the password. The same with a home WiFi. Did you know that more than 30% of breaches involve malware installed on endpoints (according to the latest Verizon Threat Report)?

To prevent others connected to this WiFi network from spying on you, use a virtual private network. When you are connected through a VPN, all your data will be encrypted regardless of the network settings, and outsiders will not be able to read it. This endpoint product offers companies a simple free VPN version, but bigger companies (more than 25 endpoints) will need to buy a professional package to securely manage their endpoints.

FortiClient is the next-generation endpoint protection and proactively defends against advanced attacks. FortiClient’s tight integration with the Security Fabric enables policy-based automation to contain threats and control outbreaks, and its compatible with Fabric-Ready partners to further strengthen enterprises’ security posture.

3. Integrate the Zero Trust Model of Information Security

Passwords alone do not keep unwanted guests out of your company’s network. Password-only authentication has led to security breaches, malware infections, and policy violations. With two-factor authentication (2FA), a password is used along with a security token and authentication server to provide far better security. 2FA is another level of security that most companies are opting for in recent months. Thanks to this technology, authorised employees can access company resources safely using a variety of devices, ranging from laptops to mobile phones.

FortiAuthenticator access management establishes an identity for the security fabric provides services that are key in creating an effective security policy, strengthening security by ensuring only the right person at the right time can access your sensitive networks and data. They can assure single sign-on capabilities for both internal and cloud networks.

4. Confirm the authenticity of any device and person who requests access to the network

When working from home, IT managers and CISOs struggle to provide the same level of protection to the workforce and protect the organisation network and data at the same time.

FortiToken identity Access Management platform, only really required for mid/ enterprise deals, helps solve the issue of which users are accessing data and guest management for WiFi. The application can transparently identify network users and enforce identity-driven policy on a Fortinet-enabled enterprise network.

Make sure your workforce is protected while working remotely. You can speak with us if you have a requirement for any of these products or other cyber security services.