Against all odds, remote work has been gradually accepted, but regardless of how your organization does it, it would be imprudent to overlook the obvious cybersecurity risks presented by remote work. Let’s take a look at the essence of zero-trust security and explore why it has evolved into the standard that organizations of all sizes should adhere to.

Initially, it’s crucial to precisely define zero-trust security and understand its practical implications. Essentially, zero-trust security signifies placing trust in no one. Unlike traditional security paradigms that aim to keep threats outside a designated perimeter, the modern landscape, influenced by factors such as cloud computing, mobile solutions, and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, necessitates a more stringent approach.

The shift towards remote work has dismantled the notion of centralized business networks, expanding their footprint and concurrently exposing them to a broader range of potential threats. The conventional belief that breaching network defenses implies trustworthiness is no longer tenable in this context.

Several factors underscore the urgency of adopting zero-trust security. The expanded network profile resulting from remote work introduces inherent insecurities, amplifying the need for scrutinizing the legitimacy of every attempted access. Additionally, the prevalence of social engineering tactics, where users are targeted rather than system defenses, underscores the necessity for a proactive security approach.

To mitigate and eliminate potential threats to your business processes, integrating zero-trust principles into your standard operating procedures is paramount. Here are foundational steps to initiate this transformation, recognizing that additional layers of protection can be tailored to your specific needs:

Verify, Don’t Trust

Emphasize the importance of confirming the legitimacy of all incoming communications, especially those involving requests. Implement a two-step verification process and ensure that staff members are well-trained to identify and validate communications.

Require Stringent Authentication

You should consistently elevate authentication standards across all levels, even if it introduces minor inconveniences. Thoroughly scrutinize and validate requests for access through tested systems and reviews, minimizing the risk of infiltration. This means enabling multi-factor authentication on all eligible accounts. 

Reinforce Zero Trust Adherence

The effectiveness of these measures relies on the unwavering commitment of your entire organization. Regularly remind team members of the prescribed processes to maintain awareness and adherence.

We stand ready to assist you in bolstering your company’s resilience against the diverse threats that it is sure to encounter as the landscape for such threats continues to grow. To learn more about security protections, policies, and practices that can work to improve your cybersecurity posture, contact us at 888-748-2525. 


Remote Work Demands Zero-Trust Policies

Rafiq Masri

With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Rafiq is one of the most accomplished, versatile and certified engineer in the field. He has spent the past 2 ½ decades administering and supporting a wide range of clients and has helped position Network Management, Inc. as a leader in the IT Managed Services space.

Rafiq has built a reputation for designing, building and supporting top notch IT infrastructures to match the business objectives and goals of his clients.

Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and reliability, Rafiq has a very loyal client base with some customer relationships dating back 20+ years.

Rafiq holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed graduate programs in Software Engineering and Business at Harvard and George Mason University. Rafiq is a former founder and CEO of Automation, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as a valued speaker on entrepreneurship and technology at industry events such as ExpoTech and others.