Security-conscious businesses already know that connectivity comes with complications. As software, data and important processes move beyond the network perimeter, it’s harder to keep a high level of control, visibility and security.
Working from home amplifies this challenge. Suddenly, every move an employee makes needs to cross the internet – dramatically increasing the potential surface for cyber crime.
But it’s not connectivity alone that makes working from home less secure. It’s the human element – and that takes an approach that’s realistic about how your busy employees behave.
People behave differently at home
Inside the walls of your office, people adopt a certain set of behaviours. For the most part, they use technology with caution and try to apply the cyber security best practice you’ve trained them on.
But just like the different ways we might act at a wedding, a parent’s evening or a theme park, the way people behave is contextual. At home, removed from the usual context of work, those routine behaviours start to slip.
Meanwhile, your employees are behaving less cautiously in the place where they’re most likely to be distracted. From home schooling children to dealing with fussy pets, the working day is messier and more chaotic.
And that cloud of chaos makes it easier to click a link or open an email that would face more scrutiny in the office.
The realities of remote working
Picture the scene: your employee gets an email from a supplier they recognise. Attached is a quick update on the current status of the account. Under pressure to juggle work and home life, they open it – no questions asked.
It’s only later that they find their laptop infected with ransomware. The data your business depends on is now locked away, encrypted and only retrievable at huge expense.
Yes, the signs were all there. The unusual formatting in the email. The slightly altered ‘from’ field. But in the unfamiliar, busy setting of working from home, they were simply overlooked.
In an ideal world, you’d train every user so effectively that they scrutinised every email, browser tab and file. Bromium is built for the world where that’s not very realistic.
Working from home with Bromium
Bromium works differently. It isolates every activity in a secure virtual container, which is destroyed at the end of the session.
As a result, your employee can open whatever they want. Click links with confidence. And even if malware executes, it can never break out of the container to affect your wider data or devices.
With Bromium, no level of distraction gets in the way of your security. It’s the difference between implementing a safeguard that works without fail and simply putting your faith in people to adopt best practice with near-impossible consistency.
Get your free endpoint security guide
Whatever your existing anti-malware solution looks like, it’s leaving you exposed. And, while your people are working from home, that means there’s no line of defence between attackers and your data.
Find out what to do about it in Bromum’s free guide: What’s Next for Your Endpoint Security?
Inside, you’ll learn:
- Why a change in your security is essential
- Why detection-based tools don’t work
- How to instantly secure emails, applications, files and web browser tabs
Download your guide now to see why endpoint security needs to evolve to match the new ways people work.