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What is Secure Remote Access Control?

In recent years, organizations are increasingly embracing remote and hybrid work models; however, these work arrangements can carry significant cybersecurity risks. Secure remote access solutions help an organization to manage the risks of a remote work program by reducing the risk of data loss, compromised systems, and other threats to the business.

What is Secure Remote Access Control?

Why Is Securing Remote Access Important?

The shift toward remote and hybrid work has made it necessary for companies to implement usable remote work infrastructure for their employees. This includes providing access to corporate applications, systems, and data to users who sit outside the traditional corporate network perimeter. In the early days of remote work, companies were primarily focused on ensuring that their employees could be productive while working remotely. However, as remote work becomes a normal part of business life, managing remote work risks has become increasingly important. And as remote work becomes commonplace, cybercriminals are increasingly focusing on exploiting it in their attacks.

Secure remote access helps to ensure that remote workers do not pose undue risks to the organization. Secure remote access solutions — such as secure access from any device, safe internet browsing, and protected endpoints — combined with employee security awareness training — dramatically reduce the potential threat that remote work poses to the organization.

How to Secure Remote Access

Remote access inherently poses a threat to an organization. If sensitive corporate data, applications, and systems are only accessible from inside the corporate network, then the threat posed by external actors is much lower than if these systems must be accessible from the outside.

To secure remote access, companies should proactively work to eliminate or reduce the security risks that remote workers pose to the organization. For example, ensuring that remote workers’ endpoints are up-to-date and running endpoint security solutions reduces the chance of a malware infection. An encrypted connection to corporate systems protects against potential eavesdropping. Remote user access controls manage the potential risks posed by a compromised account or remote user’s endpoint.

Secure Remote Access Management Systems

The security risks associated with remote work can be managed via a wide variety of solutions, including the following.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual private networks (VPNs) create an encrypted tunnel between a remote worker and the corporate network. This protects corporate network traffic against eavesdropping and reduces the risks associated with connecting to public Wi-Fi networks.

Endpoint Security

Endpoint security solutions can detect malware infections and other potential threats to remote users’ devices. They can prevent an infected device from being used as a foothold to access and attack corporate networks, applications, and systems.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provides remote workers with access to a virtualized desktop hosted within the organization’s data center or cloud environment. This ensures that corporate data never leaves company systems and enables employees to work from a range of devices without concern for compatibility issues.

Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

Zero trust network access (ZTNA) applies zero trust access controls to remote access. All requests for access to corporate resources are evaluated on an individual basis, and remote employees can only see or access applications and systems that they have legitimate access to.

Network Access Control

Network access control (NAC) systems manage access to corporate networks and resources and enforce corporate security policies. For example, a NAC may deny access to a system that is behind on security patches or not running an approved endpoint security solution.

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Single sign-on (SSO) allows a user to access all of their corporate accounts via a single set of login credentials. This centralizes access management and makes it easier for organizations to apply zero-trust security controls.

Privileged Access Management (PAM)

Privileged access management (PAM) solutions help an organization monitor and manage accounts with administrator or root-level permissions. This is essential to managing the risks posed by these more privileged and powerful accounts.

Desktop Sharing

Desktop sharing solutions like Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) provide remote access to a computer. This could be a virtualized system in VDI infrastructure or a physical machine directly connected to the corporate network.

Secure Shell (SSH) Remote Access

The secure shell (SSH) protocol provides remote command-line access to a system. This can be helpful for system administrators or developers looking to remotely manage a computer.

Context-Based Remote Access

Context-based remote access uses various factors, such as the user’s location, time of day, or device as part of the access decision process. This can help to reduce the risk of account takeover attacks by requiring additional authentication for riskier access attempts.

Browser Isolation

Browser isolation runs a user’s browsing session within an isolated sandbox hosted on corporate machines. The user’s browser only receives a copy of the final, rendered image of a page without the potentially malicious content used to create it. This reduces the risk of malware infections and other threats associated with remote work.

Security Analytics

Security analytics solutions can be used to collect and analyze behavioral data from a user’s online sessions. By detecting anomalous or malicious behavior, the organization can identify potential threats to the business and enforce corporate security policies.

App Protection

App protection solutions help to prevent users from taking screenshots or performing other actions that place sensitive data within an application at risk. This helps to prevent the exfiltration of sensitive data by an organization’s users.

Benefits of Adopting Secure Remote Access

Secure remote access provides various benefits to an organization, including the following.

Secure Anywhere, Any Device Access

Remote work is commonly combined with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy that allows remote workers to do their jobs from their preferred, personally-owned device. An effective secure remote access solution will enable this flexibility while managing the potential risks that it poses to the organization.

Robust Endpoint Protection

Remote workers not protected by corporate security solutions have a greater risk of malware infections and other endpoint security threats. Secure remote access solutions incorporate robust endpoint protection capabilities to reduce the risk of malware infections and the threat that compromised devices pose to corporate networks and systems.

Safe and Secure Web Access

Web browsing carries various security risks, including the potential for phishing sites and malicious downloads. A secure remote access program should ensure that remote workers are equally protected against the potential risks of web browsing.

Raises Awareness of Security Issues

Secure remote access solutions provide corporate security teams with greater visibility into remote workers’ use of corporate systems. This can help to more quickly identify security threats, reducing the potential cost and damage to the organization.

Helps Comply with Various Remote Access Compliance Standards

Data protection regulations commonly mandate that organizations have certain security controls in place and properly protect sensitive data. These requirements also extend to an organization’s remote workforce and secure remote access helps companies to achieve and demonstrate compliance across all of their IT infrastructure.

Tightens Overall Access Governance

Some remote access solutions provide authenticated users with unrestricted access to corporate resources, increasing the potential damage caused by a compromised account. A secure remote access program tightens access controls, reducing the potential security risks of remote work.

Venn’s Secure Remote Access Solution

Many secure remote access solutions require employees to have a high-bandwidth network connection to do their job. Venn’s solutions enable employees to work from any device — even while offline — and provide secure remote access with a VPN. Venn Software works by creating a secure enclave on a user’s device that is monitored and managed by the corporate security team. All business data and applications are hosted in this enclave, where the organization can enforce corporate security policies and endpoint security best practices. All corporate network traffic travels over an encrypted tunnel, protecting against eavesdropping and offering secure remote access to corporate applications and systems. Remote work has become a core component of modern business, and remote workers need solutions that offer both usability and security. Venn’s Secure Remote Workspace Solution provides all of the benefits of remote work while minimizing security risks.

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