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How to keep your nomadic workers secure

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Not too long ago, employees were spending their whole work week behind the same desk. All devices were safely guarded within the corporate network and IT security was a relatively easy job. Firewalls, proxy servers, antimalware and antivirus software were able to halt malware before they could gain access to the network. But times have changed. Employees are no longer stuck to the same place. Instead, they are increasingly working from outside the perimeter, where you have limited control of their online behaviour. This trend makes it difficult for security teams to maintain a high level of security. The question is how to keep your nomadic workers secure.
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Employees are bypassing perimeter security

In today’s world, employees work anywhere, with a variety of devices, including laptops, mobile phones and tablets. They access company information and applications via cloud software, outside the reach of a company’s security system. IDG research even suggests that 25 percent of all corporate data will be accessed bypassing perimeter security. Standard security tools are not designed for the current mobile working environment and they fail to address the risks accompanying roaming workers. Ideally, all communications to and from employees’ devices would go through a secured virtual private network (VPN). A VPN creates an extra layer of security to the connected systems. Unfortunately, only a few organisations have a policy where employees are obligated to use VPNs. In addition, a lot of corporate data is located in cloud environments. For these reasons, it is vital that businesses take additional off-network security measures.

Security at the DNS-level

Organisations should realise that existing perimeter- and endpoint security solutions, such as firewalls, proxy and antivirus, are not sufficiently addressing the security challenges that come with a mobile workforce. In order to ensure the safety of their increasingly mobile employees, companies need to add a new layer of security that monitors threatening domains and activities across the internet. They can achieve this by enforcing their security at the DNS-level. DNS-level protection helps organisations with the identification of infrastructure and activities that are associated with attack staging and execution. This enables them to intercept and block dangerous requests and connections and prevents malicious IP connections from being established or malware from being downloaded.

Employees will continue to access the internet without using VPNs. Therefore, standard security measures will continue to be bypassed, whether intentionally or not. In order to keep employees safe, it is critical that organisations take additional security measures at the DNS-level.

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