Data Security In The Age Of Remote Work

Remote work has experienced a renewed interest in 2020, with adoption predicted to jump from 35% to 65% over the next few years. What once seemed like an impossibility for most traditional professional sectors is now a reality and one where workers report better job satisfaction as a result.

Yet there’s a downside to remote work that’s often overlooked. While we’ve all experienced a laggy Zoom call or a noisy neighbor interrupting our work, we rarely consider the serious possibility of a major data leak coming from a remote employee.

Qohash has been locating and classifying data for companies on-site since we launched our product in early 2020. Now, as the world shifts to a telecommuting majority, companies need to be sure that remote access doesn’t turn into a new opportunity for their data to be put at risk. Here’s how Qohash is meeting the remote work challenge by helping companies understand where to focus their data classification efforts.

Remote & Secure

There are a few core pieces of advice employees tend to offer to their work-from-home (WFH) employees. It starts with avoiding public wifi hotspots and using a cryptographic key to access sensitive information, along with practical tips like keeping strangers out of the computer screen’s line of sight. These user-first aspects of cybersecurity can go a long way toward ensuring data remains hidden from malicious actors.

These challenges can be tricky—just ask anyone who’s accidentally left their laptop in the car before. Yet they’re merely the basic level of security in a work-from-home environment ripe for data risk. The new threats to data in the era of telecommuting require the right tactical intelligence.

When your company opens up access to any kind of information, you create the possibility that a third-party may access that data. Even employees within your company, who have no intention of illicitly compromising any data, can pose a risk when you’re not in-office to monitor them. By allowing your employees to telecommute, you’ve now allowed them to essentially take your valuable company data home with them too – whether you like it or not, accelerating the need for modern, agile data security.

The Monitoring Difference

Companies that haven’t reevaluated their remote work policy by now would be wise to get started—fast. The access permissions, security settings, constraints, and conditions you require employees to comply with have changed now that your company is remote. Creating documentation that explains permissions and SOP is therefore critical.

These routine procedures provide the groundwork for addressing remote work security. Yet there’s a need to move beyond the average now that companies are operating so abnormally. Particularly for banks, insurance companies, and other enterprises with large swaths of sensitive information, like employee files, intellectual property, financial data, customer information, and much more. When the information being guarded is this crucial, avoiding leaks that put customer information at risk is mission number one.

That’s why Qohash is helping companies rethink their remote access policy with a focus on not only protecting their data, but knowing where to locate it as well. One of the biggest threats companies face is not knowing who has access to sensitive data—or when, why, and how they access it. Very often, access rights are so opaque that it’s hard to know who even has which permissions. In remote work situations, this problem is exacerbated considerably.

When companies can access comprehensive insights that confirm where their data is and who’s accessing what information, remote work blossoms. Employees move forward happier and more productive while key data remains accessible only to authorized parties, when they need it.

With Qohash, you can ensure a safer remote work future by gaining access to real-time, analytical information about your data and where it goes. To find out more, visit qohash.com to start your mission to build a better data security future for your company and your team.