Shifting to a Remote World. How Are You Maintaining Your Security Posture?

March 23, 2020

We realize Arctic Wolf isn’t the only organization currently adjusting to remote collaboration and  fine-tuning workflows across teams. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few security fundamentals that our teams are working through with our customers today.   

Like other leaders we are working with, you're likely thinking about the additional risks that adopting a work-from-home model is putting on your environment from a cybersecurity perspective. Employees will inevitably join less secure networks as they’re getting used to the new way of working and increasingly using cloud applications that are beyond the reach of onsite IT staff. 

Remote employing logging into their phone in front of their laptop.

There are many approaches to security under these unique circumstances, and Arctic Wolf is here to help. Focusing on security fundamentals will go a long way toward keeping your organization secure. As you’re adjusting, these are the security operations fundamentals to consider:  

24x7 Monitoring 

Incidents are more likely to occur when systems aren’t behind your network security controls. This means it’s critical to have around-the-clock coverage and the ability to monitor for new threats on both your core infrastructure and your laptops. 

Advanced Threat Detection and Response  

When critical threats emerge, timing is critical. Industry best practices suggest that you should be notified within five minutes. It’s also vital to have the ability to isolate the threat and contain the infected system before the issues spreads to other systems—potentially escalating into a full breach, even if the system is not on your internal network. 

Proactive Endpoint Security Measures  

Laptops that are fully patched and free from configuration errors are much less likely to become infected. Proactively identify at-risk systems and patch them as quickly as possible—especially since they are more likely to be on networks with little to no security controls in place.  

Cloud Infrastructure and Application Monitoring 

Cloud services like Office 365, G Suite, AWS, Azure, Salesforce and Box will be even more critical to a remote workforce, so monitoring for threats, service issues, and misuse will help ensure business continuity. 

Account Takeover Protection 

If workers use their employee usernames and passwords on unmanaged systems, the likelihood of credential theft soars. Quickly identifying credential theft and resetting passwords before damage occurs is critical in the era of the remote worker. 

Remember to stay safe, take care, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have questions during this time. 

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