While globalization and emerging technology have brought about new business opportunities, they’ve also brought increased security risk. And, as companies have expanded beyond headquarter locations to well-integrated branch offices and overseas operations, access to corporate data has spread out.
Whether for third-party vendors and contractors or to support mergers and acquisitions, organizations must find a way to maintain appropriate levels of access to apps and data, keep information off endpoints, and monitor unusual activity to reduce security risk.
Whether based at headquarters or branch offices, employees handle a lot of sensitive business information every day. To do their jobs well, both need highly available, secure, and reliable access to business-critical apps and data. But this access can also leave companies vulnerable.
From HR employees accessing personnel records, to finance personnel handling data, to marketing teams making plans for a new product announcement, even well-intentioned employees can accidentally share data, lose a device with sensitive information, or fall victim to credential theft. Worse yet, malicious insiders may intentionally alter or try to steal crucial information. IT needs a way to secure apps and data while keeping productivity high.
A few simple steps can ensure your employees—both local and remote—adapt better security measures.
Third parties like partners, vendors, contractors, interns, and consultants contribute to the productivity of your organization. But to be effective, they need convenient and secure access to your apps and data.
It’s difficult to make sure these groups adhere to the same security precautions as your employees. A good place to start securing third parties is through contextualized access and by scrutinizing who gets access to what files. When IT and security teams have the right information, they can ensure attackers don’t exploit more susceptible third-party credentials and gaps.
The need for a comprehensive security solution quickly becomes apparent in a merger or acquisition. Assimilating people, culture, and IT systems of two disparate companies takes time, and people need access even before systems can be completely integrated.
IT needs to be able to grant secure access based on roles, identification, and authentication so that information is only available to those who need it. Organizations need to be able to prevent valuable data from being inappropriately shared or released whether accidentally or intentionally.