Secure access management needed for hybrid working
The COVID pandemic dramatically changed the way we work. With many organisations adopting a hybrid work model, the need for secure access management has become more critical than ever before. In this blog post, we’ll explore why the shift to hybrid work has increased the need for secure access management and what steps you can take to ensure your business is protected.
Why does hybrid work require secure access management?
The shift to hybrid work has created new challenges for organisations in terms of securing access to their networks and systems. With employees accessing corporate resources from a variety of locations, including their homes and public Wi-Fi networks, the risk of unauthorised access and data breaches has increased significantly. In addition, the increased use of personal devices for work, such as laptops and smartphones, has also created new vulnerabilities. These devices may not have the same level of security measures as corporate-owned devices, making them more susceptible to cyber-attacks.
Without proper access management controls in place, organisations risk exposing sensitive data and systems to cyber threats. This can result in data breaches, financial losses, and damage to their reputation.
What steps can you take to ensure secure access management in a hybrid work environment?
To ensure secure access management in a hybrid work environment, organisations should consider implementing the following measures:
1. Use multi-factor authentication: Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide additional information, such as a code sent to their phone, in addition to their password to access corporate resources.
2. Implement a virtual private network (VPN): A VPN can help secure remote connections by encrypting data transmitted between devices and corporate networks. This can help protect against unauthorised access and data breaches.
3. Use device management solutions: Device management solutions can help organisations enforce security policies and protect against data loss on employee-owned devices used for work purposes.
4. Conduct regular security training: Regular security training can help employees recognise and avoid common cyber threats, such as phishing attacks and malware infections.
5. Adopt a zero-trust approach: A zero-trust approach involves verifying every request for access, regardless of the user or location. This too can help prevent unauthorised access and limit the impact of potential breaches.
In conclusion, the shift to hybrid work has increased the need for secure access management. By implementing the measures outlined above, your company can help ensure that data and systems are adequately protected against cyber threats in a hybrid work environment.
If you would like to know more about our IAM solution, Able+, and how it can support your organisation, please get in touch with our identity and access solution experts.