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8/14/2020
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7 Ways to Keep Your Remote Workforce Safe

These tips will help you chart a course for a security strategy that just may become part of the normal way organizations will function over the next several years.
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Teach Workers How to Segment the Network
Bishop Fox's Petro says it's also unrealistic to expect that network managers and security pros will have the bandwidth to configure and segment network routers for companies with thousands of employees. That is why employees should understand the basics of network segmentation, he advises. 
Essentially, most network routers allow for at least two or three SSIDs, or primary names assigned to a wireless network. So work-from-home staff should set up a guest network for any friends or family who need to use the network and a second segment for personal devices. This includes iPads, smartphones, game systems, televisions, and any other IP-enabled devices. Finally, employees need to set up a third segment for their work devices.
In most situations, Petro adds, workers will want to set up their printers on the work segment. For a deep dive into network segmentation, Bishop Fox posted this blog last month. 
Image Source: Adobe Stock: Vegefox.com

Teach Workers How to Segment the Network

Bishop Fox's Petro says it's also unrealistic to expect that network managers and security pros will have the bandwidth to configure and segment network routers for companies with thousands of employees. That is why employees should understand the basics of network segmentation, he advises.

Essentially, most network routers allow for at least two or three SSIDs, or primary names assigned to a wireless network. So work-from-home staff should set up a guest network for any friends or family who need to use the network and a second segment for personal devices. This includes iPads, smartphones, game systems, televisions, and any other IP-enabled devices. Finally, employees need to set up a third segment for their work devices.

In most situations, Petro adds, workers will want to set up their printers on the work segment. For a deep dive into network segmentation, Bishop Fox posted this blog last month.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: Vegefox.com

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8/18/2020 | 8:06:28 AM
Re: Encrypting sensitive information before sending it to the cloud
Found a few useful tips but nothing new, actually.
Shih-Chin Yang
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8/18/2020 | 1:24:22 AM
Encrypting sensitive information before sending it to the cloud
Great Article! Constantly educating the workforce about cybersecurity is key to success.

We also constantly tell our workforce to always encrypt sensitive information before sending it to the cloud. The email itself is not secure for protecting sensitive information. Even though cloud storage services providers such as Google Drive, One Drive, DropBox are convenient to use, but for sensitive data, it worths adding an extra layer of protection by client-side encryption.

A successful intranet site makes data constantly available 24x7, it is really great for a remote workforce. Imagine that you need to look up lab data when other colleagues are not around.  On the other hand, if you host an intranet site on the cloud, it is not really a good idea without end-to-end encryption. Since the staff at cloud service providers could potentially see your data if you don't encrypt with your own key. Your data could be the lifeboat for your organization.

The recently hacked Twitter is a good example of how the internal threats inside cloud service providers could possibly cause a data breach. That's why Senator Ron Wyden also called for Twitter to end-to-end encrypt DMs after the hack.

When encryption is done right, it would improve productivity, together with modern cloud services and web technology, it is very cost-effective.

Hopefully, this helps.

Shih-Chin Yang
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8/14/2020 | 11:35:44 AM
User security education
Great suggestions in this article, I believe user security awareness training should be incorporated throughout the process.  
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