After a long day at work, you’re about to cross the last thing off your to-do list: sending a few important documents to a client. But right at that moment, you realize you’re late for dinner, so you close your laptop and head out the door.
When you get to the restaurant, you whip out your phone and access those documents on your shared drive. You make a few edits, and then 一 even though you know you shouldn’t 一 you send the documents to the client using your personal email. Harmless, right?
Wrong. In many cases, keeping or viewing sensitive information on personal devices is illegal and could incur your organization a hefty fine. But worst of all, sending files on a non-encrypted device means they could be intercepted easily, exposing confidential information.
Unfortunately, these situations are all too common, particularly with the normalization of remote work and bring your own device (BYOD). Although IT teams are working diligently to close security gaps, the strategies that were working before aren’t working now.
To keep their employees and customers safe, companies need to go beyond password protection and find new forms of authentication. Enter: biometric technology. While biometric authentication isn’t a silver bullet for cybersecurity, it is rapidly becoming an essential component of a modern cybersecurity strategy.
In this piece, we’ll examine some of the distinct challenges of securing a remote or hybrid work environment, the relationship between multi-factor authentication and biometrics, and several tips on how to keep biometric information safe and secure.
Remote Work Security Challenges
Remote work existed before the pandemic, but it certainly wasn’t as widely adopted as it is now. Such a huge, unexpected shift to remote work presented a whole new set of issues for security professionals.
The use of unprotected home Wi-Fi networks and unsecured home devices opened companies up to vulnerabilities they hadn’t dealt with in the past. In addition, IT staff had to onboard new employees remotely, and gaps in setup could cause a cascade of problems down the line.
On top of that, shadow IT began (Read more…)