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Securing Remote Workers

Guise Bule


Sending all of your employees home to work remotely is a fantastic way to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, but a total nightmare for your cybersecurity people. Suddenly, instead of protecting their desktop computers in the office within your secure corporate network, your security team now has increased difficulty in securing their laptops and PCs at home. Because their devices connect to networks outside of their control, it makes keeping your organization safe more difficult.

If all of your employees have company-issued laptops remotely managed by your IT department, then you are one of the lucky ones. Most companies do not issue laptops to their employees, forcing them to work from home and use their personal computers connected to networks that the IT department or security team cannot secure.

Hopefully, your employees have an updated and properly patched operating system, antivirus software installed that regularly updates its definitions to avoid getting infected with malware, adware, viruses, or even worse, become part of a botnet. Hopefully, your employees are tech-savvy enough to keep their devices secure and use a VPN when connecting to your IT infrastructure. Hopefully, they will never visit malware-ridden sites either and know not to open email attachments from strangers.

That's a lot of hope though––and sadly––hope will not keep your business data secure.

If your business uses Microsoft or Google productivity apps (or any kind of web app in general), then you can expect your employees to be using their web browsers often. Furthermore, if they abruptly have to work from home and use the web-based versions of Office or G Suite rather than use the locally installed versions of Word, Excel, Docs, or Sheets, it means they will primarily be working through their web browser daily.

It is when browser isolation can come in handy and help secure your employees' devices while they work from home. By doing so, browser isolation securely protects their web browsing session and encrypts the traffic that passes through their browser.

If your employees use a remote browser (instead of their regular local browser) to access business data or productivity applications, the data and any login credentials which pass through the browser, are hidden from whoever owns the Wi-Fi network they are connecting to. You also know that only a trusted IP address (assuming you trust your browser isolation provider) will connect to your IT infrastructure, instead of random and unfamiliar IP addresses.

Unlike a VPN which requires your employees to be tech-savvy enough to set up, remote browsers are quick and easy to deploy, for immediate use and instant browser security.

Remote browsers immediately provide a reliable level of security by securing the following: the connection between your employees at home and your business's network, their use of browser-based productivity apps and business data in the process, and by allowing you to ban actions like cut and paste, or file downloads, so that your data stays on your own IT infrastructure where it belongs.

If you absolutely must send your employees home to work remotely while using their personal computers and local browser, make sure they are all properly secured. It is critical to keep your business data and IT infrastructure safe from unwanted intrusions. Browser isolation is a quick shortcut to work from home (WFH) security and will help you secure your employees' daily workflows, as well as their regular internet browsing while they work.

With browser isolation, you get peace of mind when protecting endpoints that you don't have control over. Remote browsers compensate for the lack of security on employees' home computers by stopping browser-based cyber attacks before they can spread to your IT infrastructure.

Remote browsers are easy to deploy for non-tech savvy users who most likely know how to use a browser, making deployments frictionless, and requiring only light training for users if they need it.

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