The Importance of Zero Trust for Remote Work Security

‘Prevention is far better than cure’ — A statement that’s never proven to be more true. 

As the world continues to embrace remote work amid the current crisis, the ‘cloud’ has proven to be our best ally, giving us the flexibility to work and collaborate safely from our homes. 

But as we continue to wash our hands and maintain social distance, how do we look after our cybersecurity and business safety remotely during these unprecedented times?

A question that needs serious answers, prompting even WHO to ramp up its cybersecurity measures and educate its staff on current cybersecurity threats after reporting a fivefold increase in cyber attacks.

Cyber Attacks: another curve we need to flatten 

Unfortunately, ‘where most see crisis, cybercriminals see opportunity’.

With many companies going fully remote, cyber-attacks have skyrocketed, preying on weak digital transformation practices in the cloud to launch deadly attacks. 

That’s why businesses now need to adopt strict cybersecurity approaches more than ever before.

How does cybersecurity differ when you’re working remotely in the cloud?

With the rapid acceleration of cloud services for remote work, cybercriminals prey on the nature of such ‘remoteness’, targeting any vulnerabilities in TWO key areas:

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Activity Monitoring

Today we’ll focus on Identity and Access Management for remote work security and how Zero Trust authentication helps businesses ensure optimum security against these soaring attacks. 

What is Identity and Access Management (IAM)?

As the term implies. Identity and Access Management refers to verifying the identity of users in order to grant (or deny) them access to private company data and cloud computing resources. 

Understanding the identity of users accessing your systems, data and applications is critical and should be constant, rather than a single sign-on event.

So how do you constantly ensure that the users logged into your company accounts are in fact who they claim to be when they’re working remotely?

Answer: Zero Trust.

What is Zero Trust Authentication?

Zero Trust is based on the principle of “never trust, always verify”. Which, yes, is ideal for remote work security. 

By eliminating the concept of ‘trust’ from an organisation’s identity verification measures, Zero trust prevents unauthorised access to company networks, resources and data. 

But what does Zero trust look like then? Imagine having a mobile CCTV camera checking your users’ identities all the time wherever they work. It should be something like that.

Zero Trust Authentication Tools in action

So how do Zero trust authentication tools apply this ‘never trust, always verify’ rule? Let’s take GAT’s ActiveID as an example and see it in action. 

Did you know that your unique typing style can be used to verify your identity as you work? GAT’s ActiveID constantly verifies the identity of users using typing behaviour authentication

This takes the verification process beyond the single sign-on stage, making it constant as users continue to work and type. Thereby, it dramatically limits any chances of unauthorized access.

What happens if an imposter is detected? 

If an imposter is detected, a whole range of prompt security actions can be taken. From alerting the admin with a webcam shot of the imposter (cool, right ?) to closing down the entire session right away.

Note: ActiveID, also works in conjunction with Google Cloud Premium Identity, taking this Zero trust cloud environment to all user’s Chrome browser-based online sites. Extending protection even beyond G suite.

Finally, as the world shifts towards an attitude of ‘preparedness’, we need to learn from everything happening around us right now. Let’s build up our immunities, secure our businesses and ensure we’re in the strongest possible position, always.

Remember, ‘failing to prepare is like preparing to fail’ ?

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