Many businesses across the world are mandating that employees work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not always an ideal situation for digital security. Remote working can open you up to cybercrime if your security systems are not up to date.

But there are ways we can keep our systems safe as well secure our Wi-Fi networks. Hackers are ever ready and they need opportunity to target any network and Wi-Fi being the most vulnerable now. Following proper simple safety tips will ensure safety.

  • Make sure all of your networks are updated whether one is working on a Mac or windows. System updates remains top most and you are not up-to-date be ready to get exposed to cyber threats.
  • Use a VPN (virtual private network), that helps in making your computer invisible by encrypting the location of the system and other personal information. With a wise personal investment VPN can help one’s system remain secure.
  • Passwords are most vulnerable in the router and changing the passwords on and often is an important step. Many people in our environment know the router password and technicians who install routers are one of them. Factory issued WI-FI password is usually pasted on the side of the router.

Work from home and Challenges to IT infrastructure:

Remote working or work from home can serve as an effective safety measure; it poses major challenges to the IT infrastructure of many companies. There is an increasing network complexity and creating additional opportunities for cyber-attacks. Companies require a dynamic access to network services for a larger number of employees logging at a same time from remote locations.

The use of SASE (Secure Access Service Edge), which includes protection of DNS services, can help mitigate security risks. Therefore it is recommended that during an epidemic spread like Covid19, companies gear up their investments in VPN and VDI infrastructure.

The drastic shift to mass remote work therefore brings additional security risks for companies. As devices are installed outside a company’s network infrastructure and connected to new networks and WLAN, the potential attack surface for cybercriminals expands exponentially. Remote working will witness the test of time and to make sure the systems keep running safely companies need to be proactive.

Offerings from SASE platform

SASE platforms basically a set of services offered by internet service providers and telecommunications corporations to enable NaaS (Network as a Service) to allow remote employees to connect coupled with Network Security as a Service (NSaaS) offerings which include VPN, Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), DNS and Cloud Secure Web Gateways (SWG) to minimize vulnerabilities.

A central element of the SASE offer is a secure and high-performance DNS service which protects Apps, Users and Data against potential DNS attacks and ensures that business operations are not impacted – especially when most employees are connecting to the network remotely.

DNS should ideally be complemented by Edge GSLB (Global Server Load Balancing) distributing the load of network traffic for servers. And for service deployment automation of a telco’s SASE infrastructure, DDI (DNS-DHCP-IPAM) is fundamental, bringing the velocity required to scale easily and rapidly, aligned with market demand.

These measures in the long run will prove beneficial for companies ensuring that networks are running smoothly – despite increasing network complexity in the new remote work reality that will define 2020 and perhaps beyond.

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