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8/14/2020
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Steve Zurier
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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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Prioritize Data Protection
With employees working from their homes, data egress via email, cloud, and USB was 80% higher in the first month following WHO's COVID-19 pandemic declaration, says Tim Bandos, vice president of cybersecurity at Digital Guardian. On top of that, more than 50% of observed data egress was classified data. 
Top executives who believe returning to the office and its security protections will return their companies to an acceptable risk level need to rethink their positions, Bandos adds. Many global healthcare and government leaders now accept that because of the continued pace of infections from COVID-19, work-from-home will be with us for the foreseeable future. This should increase the urgency for executives and security teams who oversee a remote workforce to prioritize data protection vs. waiting to get back to the office and simply hoping to avoid data loss until that time.
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Prioritize Data Protection

With employees working from their homes, data egress via email, cloud, and USB was 80% higher in the first month following WHO's COVID-19 pandemic declaration, says Tim Bandos, vice president of cybersecurity at Digital Guardian. On top of that, more than 50% of observed data egress was classified data.

Top executives who believe returning to the office and its security protections will return their companies to an acceptable risk level need to rethink their positions, Bandos adds. Many global healthcare and government leaders now accept that because of the continued pace of infections from COVID-19, work-from-home will be with us for the foreseeable future. This should increase the urgency for executives and security teams who oversee a remote workforce to prioritize data protection vs. waiting to get back to the office and simply hoping to avoid data loss until that time.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: Putilov_denis

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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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