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  • Writer's pictureMark van Vuuren

Protect Remote Access from Cyberattacks

The mass adoption of remote work has resulted in a significant increase in cyberattacks on business, witnessed by increased breaches in security of remote access.

The malicious action of these attacks impacts businesses of all industries and sizes, whether interfering with the operation of companies, damaging their image, stealing or leaking sensitive data.

With this in mind, here are five important security measures you can take to protect remote access: Use VPNs Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a great way to increase security in remote access, especially if you are using public networks or unsecured connections. The VPN’s role is to encrypt all your Internet traffic, creating a secure end-to-end tunnel between your device and the company’s, preventing Internet providers, government agencies, or cyber criminals from tracking your activities. However, its use can significantly impact the speed of the Internet, mainly affecting tasks that consume greater bandwidth, such as video calls. Look for reliable VPN services that offer good speed and stability. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a feature that allows you to add a layer of security by combining different mechanisms for user authentication, ensuring data protection that could otherwise be accessed by malicious agents or inexperienced users, which avoids financial and image disruptions and losses for the company. Apply the Principle of Least Privilege The Principle of Least Privilege is a way to keep a company’s confidential data secure. The application of this principle grants the user access only to the environments necessary for the performance of their job, without unnecessary permissions, thus avoiding insider threats, data theft, and unauthorized access of malicious agents to the sensitive data of a company. Implement Zero Trust-based Policies The Zero Trust model is a security framework that works, as its name implies, based on the idea of “never trust, always verify”, removing implicit trust and continuously requiring authentication of the user and their device on the network. The continuous Zero Trust verification is an essential security factor to protect remote cloud-based access.

Install the Latest Updates on Devices and Network Assets Thinking about the frequent and annoying notifications that come up requesting system updates seems silly, right? Wrong. Software and applications you use on your devices may be vulnerable right now. Messengers, browsers and the operating system itself may expose you to cyber risks. This is because regular updates work to fix possible security flaws and instabilities. And the best part is that now it is possible to schedule most updates to take place outside the time when the device is being used, or even in the background, automatically, causing little or no interruption in your tasks.

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