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By: laurencem on July 20th, 2018

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3 New Rules for Remote Access Security

Cybersecurity

Your computer network is only as safe as the least-protected device connected to it. An employee’s phone, a client’s laptop, or a service provider's computer may have security flaws that could leave your computer network vulnerable to malicious attacks. It's often too easy to overlook security needs in the interests of productivity and efficiency. To protect your business from ransomware, data breaches, and other cyber threats, follow these new rules for remote access security.

Hackers and malware can exploit weaknesses in any device that connects to your network.

1. Never grant unlimited third-party access to your system.

access as a keyboard key

You must set sensible access limits on third parties, or else you risk inviting trouble. Malicious actors could exploit security weaknesses in the third party’s computer system, and use those openings to gain access to your business's confidential information.

To prevent that from happening, place limits on third-party access to your network. One option would be to allow connections only to specified IP addresses. Another option would be to grant access for a limited time frame, such as the duration of a project.

2. Always check the endpoint security of remote devices.

endpoint security

Before activating a remote login account for any device, take the time to make sure it has appropriate endpoint security. Lax security measures at the endpoint could enable hackers or malware to steal the login credentials and use them to access confidential information.

At a minimum, verify that all endpoints with remote access have firewalls and up-to-date antivirus software.

3. Get a cybersecurity audit from a leading managed IT services provider.

a person doing cyber security audit

Think of the elements of your cybersecurity as a chain, which is only as strong as its weakest link. Even though your cybersecurity setup may seem robust, there may be hidden vulnerabilities that could lead to a costly data breach, or worse.

Don't take chances with your cybersecurity. Contact Intelligent Technical Solutions today for a free cybersecurity audit.

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