Addressing the Challenges of a Remote Workforce

Device & Data Security Solutions for Businesses

 

The economy is experiencing serious consequences since the advent of Covid-19, and businesses are overwhelmed trying to keep up with the rapidly growing need for digital transformation. In the midst of the chaos, it can be easy to neglect proper security measures and privacy protections, but these steps are crucial now more than ever. Device thefts and cyber security threats are increasing and evolving, so businesses need to have active, effective precautions and policies to thwart an array of economic and reputational losses. The following scenarios highlight the main endpoint security concerns business owners must address when transitioning to a mostly remote workforce. Luckily, there are simple solutions to these concerns that businesses can implement immediately.

Steven owns a large business and had to transition to remote work earlier this year. He faces several challenges in trying to digitally transform his company, especially with implementing endpoint security measures. He needs to create a security policy and use best practices to protect his employees and company data, and to stay competitive in the newly expanded online market.

Challenge: Employees use company devices for remote work.

Steven has deployed company laptops and smartphones for his employees to use as they work from home. He has a detailed list of which employees were given which devices and he has insurance on all of them, but beyond that he has no way of managing how the data is stored and protected. The laptops have up-to-date internet security software, anti-malware, and VPNs, but they do not have any hardware security measures other than a Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Solution: Enterprise Remote Management

Steven needs a security solution that allows centralized, remote management of all company devices. In addition to seeing which users are connected to which devices, he should have the ability to track the device locations and manage the data stored on them, either with a firmware lock, a device lock, or by erasing the data completely. Steven should also look into whether his devices have an enterprise mode which allows control over apps, software, and security policies for users. These features will allow Steven to keep company devices secure and prevent data breaches in the event of loss or theft.

Challenge: Employees use their own devices for remote work.

Steven does not have enough company devices for all of his employees to use at home, so some employees are using their own personal phones and laptops for work. Steven does not have any record of these devices since they are not company-owned, and therefore he cannot implement or manage any security measures other than through written policy.

Solution: BYOD Remote Management 

Steven should consider enrolling employees’ personal devices in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program that will allow remote management. In BYOD mode, device management options can be limited to a Work Profile, which is separate from a user’s personal data and device usage. This enables employees to continue using personal devices without worrying about security policies, while the company is still equipped to control the data in the work profile.

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Challenge: Privacy Compliance

Steven wants to have endpoint security measures that uphold privacy compliance laws and regulations. His business serves consumers all over the world, with the majority living in the United States and Europe. His company’s current online practices and internet policies are already compliant with all the applicable regulations, but extensive hardware security is new for them.

Solution: Hardware security measures that comply with GDPR & CCPA

The two regulations Steven is most concerned with are the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The GDPR applies to all organizations that collect or process the data of European citizens and residents. The CCPA regulates how organizations may collect or process the data of California residents.

Steven should have hardware security measures in place that are designed to safeguard consumer data. In the event of loss or theft of one of his company’s devices, he must be able to secure any sensitive data. Hardware security solutions include encryption, TPM, and the ability to remotely wipe all data from devices and hard drives. These data protection measures are critical for preventing data breaches.

Challenge: Limited Budget

Steven’s business has been hit hard by the current economic downturn, and he has a limited budget to spend on enhancing digital security across the company. He understands the need for effective, reliable hardware security, but he does not have the funds to invest in an over-priced solution.

Solution: Affordable Protection

The cost of a data breach is likely to be higher than the cost of any effective hardware security solution, but it is still wise to find the best solution for a reasonable price. To get the most value for the best price, Steven should conduct an assessment of his current security strategy and note where it may be lacking. If his security is deficient all-around, he may need a solution that includes all the bells and whistles, and he might have to cut costs in order to make it work. However, if he only requires a few effective, reliable features that will ensure data security for all company-owned and personal devices, he can implement a cost-effective solution that meets his needs.

Can you or your company relate to these scenarios?

DriveStrike offers centralized management of personal and company-owned devices across all major operating systems, and includes advanced Android management options and Windows BitLocker integration. Only one account is necessary for managing all of the devices employees use for remote work, making data and device security a simple and headache-free process. DriveStrike administrators can track the locations of the company devices, lock users out, reboot laptops, and wipe hard drives to prevent data breaches in the event of loss or theft. DriveStrike also enables compliance with privacy laws and regulations as they pertain to device and data security.

If your company needs a reliable, affordable security solution, look no further. Our support team is available 24/7, and we always do our best to ensure your security needs are met. Call 877-519-0010 to find out how DriveStrike can help YOU succeed. Sign up for a free trial to start protecting your company devices today!

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Each day brings new data security challenges, so your organization needs simple and wide-reaching solutions to combat those challenges. DriveStrike is here to help you protect your most critical data with premium quality endpoint security. Sign up for a free trial to start using DriveStrike today, and contact us if you need any assistance. Our team is always ready to answer your questions.