Cyber Security Solutions for Managing Remote Workers

Remote workforce options are on the rise

Remote work is on the rise, there's little doubt about that. Current estimates suggest that 73 percent of all teams will feature remote workers by 2028, and across the board, the remote workforce has grown by 91 percent in the last 10 years. The benefits of remote work extend to both employers as well as employees: Utilizing remote work can allow your company to expand and diversify its staff with less overhead – and your remote employees get to enjoy all the benefits that come from working at home.

For many organizations, however, security can be a real concern when it comes to remote workers. If your IT staff is still relying on legacy patch management tools, securing remote endpoints can be a time-consuming, arduous process. Between poor endpoint visibility and compatibility issues, it's no wonder remote endpoints are often left vulnerable. And in this day and age, an unsecured endpoint is just an invitation for malicious activity.

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Patch Management for Remote Workers

The digital landscape is rapidly evolving, and organizations of all sizes are dealing with a vast array of endpoints on their networks – and in many cases, IT staff must also contend with abevy of different operating systems and third party applications. Patching all these things manually, or with archaic, one-trick pony solutions is simply no longer a viable option for organizations that want to make cybersecurity a priority. If you want to be secure in the modern digital age, you need a modern solution – one that will take care of every device on your network, no matter where it's located or what OS and applications it’s running.

Patch management is an essential part of good cybersecurity practices. This is particularly true when it comes to your remote workers, given that unpatched endpoints are an excellent route of entry for attackers. Time is of particular importance when it comes to patching: Attackers can weaponize a vulnerability in just seven days. Conversely, it can an average of up to 102 days for organizations to patch for a vulnerability. This discrepancy is a major problem – especially when it comes to endpoints.

Why remote team security matters

Generally speaking, every remote worker that's on your company network is going to represent at least one endpoint. This means remote team security should be a priority for any organization looking to improve their overall cybersecurity. Securing all your endpoints is key to good cyber hygiene. Earlier in 2019, Forbes reported that an astonishing 70 percent of all breaches still originate on endpoints.

Experts agree that increasing endpoint visibility and having the ability to remediate vulnerabilities in real-time are essential to good endpoint management. When it comes to securing your remote workforce, endpoint protection and visibility should be at the top of your list.

It's common to underplay the need for security when it comes to remote workers, but while they may not work in the office, remote workers are still often a significant part of your team. In many cases, in-house employees may also have the option to work from home, for example. These workers can still have administrative privileges or access to significant information on your network – and if their devices aren't secured properly, they can pose a risk to your organization's security.

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The challenge of securing remote endpoints

Securing remote devices can be a monumental task, if you don't have the right tools. Dark endpoints are notoriously difficult to reckon with. “Have they been patched? Did the last security update fail? No one knows. The endpoints may exist, they may not.”

Poor endpoint visibility is a real problem that plagues organizations of all sizes. And the more remote workers you have, the more challenging it can be for your IT staff to keep track of all the remote endpoints on your network.

Endpoints are a continual target for malicious actors, and with some 60 percent of all data breaches linked to an unpatched vulnerability, it's clear that patching your endpoints should be a major concern. Unpatched endpoints are routinely billed as one of the leading threats to endpoint security – yet endpoint visibility remains a significant problem for many organizations. Recent statistics show that 80  percent of CISOs and CIOs wrongly believed a patch was deployed successfully, when it had actually failed to reach across their entire network.

Older patch management options are often lacking when it comes to endpoint visibility, but modern, cloud-native solutions, like Automox, offer full endpoint visibility – including the ability to see patch status and take action to remediate vulnerabilities in real-time.

Cross platform patch management for your remote team

The issue of patching remote endpoints that you can't see or track can also be further compounded by overly complex patch management strategies. Legacy patch management platforms like WSUS are severely limited when it comes to handling multiple OS or third party applications – and these older options also tend to be expensive, hard to configure and endpoint visibility is typically poor.

While your in-house team may use Windows, your remote workers may be using macOS or Linux. Maybe your remote workers use Adobe or Java, too. Using a different patching platform for every OS and third party application on your network is as inefficient as it is frustrating.

The limitations of legacy options can put a real crimp in your cybersecurity efficiency, especially when it comes to managing remote team security. Remote endpoints are just as likely to be attacked as any other part of your network – if not more so – and ensuring patches are deployed across your entire network can be next to impossible if you've got poor endpoint visibility and you're trying to keep track of everything you need to patch with multiple tools.

With a strong cross platform patch management solution, your IT staff can secure every device on your network from one, singular location – no matter where the devices are located or what OS they're running. This greatly simplifies the task of patching for an array of devices running different OS and third party applications – and it increases the efficiency and effectiveness of your remote team cybersecurity management.

Managing remote teams with ease

There are many challenges that organizations may face when managing cybersecurity for their remote workforce. Poor endpoint visibility and lack of compatibility with on-premises patching software are some of the hurdles your IT staff may face when it comes to securing remote devices. But, there are modern solutions that make the process of patch management far more streamlined.

Cloud-native, cross platform solutions like Automox offer organizations of every size an affordable, easy to use option for patch management. With Automox, users have full visibility over every endpoint – as well as the ability to assess patch status and remediate vulnerabilities in real-time. The same interface can patch across multiple OS, as well as third party applications. Custom automated patching protocols and policies can be tailored to fit the needs of your organization – including your remote workers – and, as a cloud-native solution, configuration is simple.

Patch management for remote devices has long been a thorn in the side of every IT staffer, but modern solutions like Automox can help solve many of the issues that organizations face when it comes to endpoint security and managing remote teams.

About Automox Automated Patch Management

Facing growing threats and a rapidly expanding attack surface, understaffed and alert-fatigued organizations need more efficient ways to eliminate their exposure to vulnerabilities. Automox is a modern cyber hygiene platform that closes the aperture of attack by more than 80% with just half the effort of traditional solutions.

Cloud-native and globally available, Automox enforces OS & third-party patch management, security configurations, and custom scripting across Windows, Mac, and Linux from a single intuitive console. IT and SecOps can quickly gain control and share visibility of on-prem, remote and virtual endpoints without the need to deploy costly infrastructure.

Experience modern, cloud-native patch management today with a 15-day free trial of Automox and start recapturing more than half the time you're currently spending on managing your attack surface. Automox dramatically reduces corporate risk while raising operational efficiency to deliver best-in-class security outcomes, faster and with fewer resources.