As the pandemic rages on, work-from-home orders have been reinstated across the country. When the initial orders came down to have everyone work from home, IT teams rushed to ensure the networks were as secure as possible. Part of this effort was to provide employees with the equipment they needed, like VPNs.

Because this stay-at-home situation was so sudden, everyone needed to keep security at the forefront of their minds at all times. Now that the pandemic is hitting the country even harder, and work-from-home orders are now reinstated, organizations will need to take the lessons they learned to maintain their remote work environment for the long term.

Here are some of the lessons that they learned from the first work-from-home order to make this second time around go smoother.

VPNs Are Essential to Network Security.

VPNs have been critical for workers to connect to the corporate network securely. Now, since  IT teams have a better understanding of who will need login credentials, they can better prepare for the number of secure links they have to support at any one time.

Since IT teams have a clearer understanding of how many people need to use a VPN client, they also know how to manage their bandwidth requirements better.

Organizations Also Need Secure Collaboration Tools.

Tools such as group video chat services are now the new normal for remote teams to communicate with each other. Unfortunately, they can also represent huge security gaps if they’re not configured correctly.

Meeting organizers will need to use every built-in security feature, like controlling participants’ capabilities (like printing, document sharing, or recording) and password protection.

You should update your collaboration software regularly to make sure you have the most current version. Also, make sure your employees do the same. Security is only as strong as its weakest point.

Companies Need to Adopt the NIST Security Framework.

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework provides a guide to form a strong foundation for organizational security. The framework gives its guidance around five functions:

  • Identify
  • Protect
  • Detect
  • Respond
  • Recover

This framework allows organizations to turn their reactive security posture into a more proactive approach. Apart from responding to the pandemic, you will also show to regulators and your customers that you take cybersecurity seriously as an organization.

This remote environment that has been forced upon us by the pandemic has opened up many security vulnerabilities. As remote work opens up many security dangers, it’s up to each employee to stay more vigilant than ever to keep their companies as secure as possible now and into the future.