Do you think you have a handle on Cyber Security in the Hybrid Workplace?

Brian Silverman

Do you think you have a handle on Cyber Security and Zero Trust?

You probably think you have a grasp on security in the office. You cannot get in without a badge. The only way to communicate with the network, printers, and other systems is through a secured Wi-Fi connection or a network cable. But what about that smartphone sitting at your employee’s desk? Is it connected to your network and the cell phone network as well? How secure is the connection?

Do you think your employees working from home are secure? They might use a VPN to have an encrypted connection to the office, but how secure is their home Wi-Fi network? Have they stored work files on their home computer? What about their smartphones? What about gaming devices, meters, and devices such as Alexa? How secure are you, actually?

These are just a few examples of why it is difficult to "trust" and secure both data and systems as well as their access.

Do you think you have a handle on Cyber Security in the Hybrid Workplace?
 

In an article, from Info Security, “Rethinking Security When Identity is the Ultimate Attack Surface,” Craig Ramsay shares, “Attack vectors have changed due to this shift of employees logging on from outside the reach of perimeter-based security solutions and increased uptake of cloud-based applications and services. This larger attack surface can leave organizations vulnerable. This change also impacts temporary, third-party and vendor identities. Identity is the new control plane and central to the implementation of a zero trust strategy.”

NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology, published a document on the Zero Trust Architecture in August 2020. In the report, it states, “In zero trust, these protections usually involve minimizing access to resources (such as data and compute resources and applications/services) to only those subjects and assets identified as needing access as well as continually authenticating and authorizing the identity and security posture of each access request.”

To enable companies to implement Zero Trust for identity and access, TekMonks developed our LoginCat cybersecurity suite, which is at the heart of TekMonks’ Zero Trust Security Solution:

In addition to Multifactor Authentication, LoginCat includes a software-defined perimeter to protect the network from unauthorized use. It also implements a trust-based authorization––our Trust Score Based Cybersecurity––which is constantly evaluating and ensuring that the user is whom they are supposed to be.

Trust Score Based Cybersecurity attributes a confidence score for the user based on a number of factors, including:

  • Where is the user logging in from?
  • Do they usually work at this time?
  • Do they usually access this application, and in this pattern?
  • And other such rules
     

Companies can set up the necessary trust score that a user must meet to access applications, files, and the network. For example, in addition to the usual authentication,  a company may set up its HR applications to require a trust score of 90% for users to access the application ensuring employee confidential information is protected. 

Do you think you have a handle on Cyber Security in the Hybrid Workplace?

 

This trust score applies not only to applications but to access to networks and devices as well. LoginCat’s SDP (software-defined perimeter) will evaluate my trust score to assure I should have access to the internal networks based on that trust score as well. 

This makes LoginCat a unique Zero Trust platform powered by TekMonks AI and expertise. 

To learn more about securing the Hybrid Workplace for all workers, join myself and Benazeer Daruwalla from CyberMinds Consulting at our upcoming LinkedIn event.

Add our LinkedIn Event to your schedule:  Enabling a Secure Hybrid Workplace.  

Learn more about the risks of the hybrid workplace, the key building blocks of trust, and a demonstration of a solution from TekMonks for the Frictionless office.

When: April 7, 2022, 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM EDT

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