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4/1/2021
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7 Security Strategies as Employees Return to the Office

More sooner than later, employees will be making their way back to the office. Here's how security pros can plan for the next new normal.
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Treat All Returning Endpoints as High Risk
That means segregation from the trusted corporate network, says Joseph Carson, chief security scientist and advisory CISO at Thycotic. Each endpoint to be introduced back onto the corporate network will need its security controls reverified and system scanned to ensure no malware or other risks might be hiding or waiting to move laterally onto the corporate network, he explains. 
Companies really need to get serious about hardening employee laptops, adds Oliver Tavakoli, chief technology officer at Vectra. Security teams that have not already deployed an endpoint detection and response (EDR) platform should do so before the vast majority of workers come back to the office.
'By deploying EDR on the laptops, IT staff can also ensure a degree of security hygiene when those laptops eventually accompany returning employees,' Tavakoli says. 'Think of this as vaccinating the laptop to limit cyber outbreaks on return to the office.'
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Treat All Returning Endpoints as High Risk

That means segregation from the trusted corporate network, says Joseph Carson, chief security scientist and advisory CISO at Thycotic. Each endpoint to be introduced back onto the corporate network will need its security controls reverified and system scanned to ensure no malware or other risks might be hiding or waiting to move laterally onto the corporate network, he explains.

Companies really need to get serious about hardening employee laptops, adds Oliver Tavakoli, chief technology officer at Vectra. Security teams that have not already deployed an endpoint detection and response (EDR) platform should do so before the vast majority of workers come back to the office.

"By deploying EDR on the laptops, IT staff can also ensure a degree of security hygiene when those laptops eventually accompany returning employees," Tavakoli says. "Think of this as vaccinating the laptop to limit cyber outbreaks on return to the office."

Image Source: Adobe Stock: onephoto

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