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Cybersecurity in a Remote Work World

CPO Magazine – By Boris Khazin and Bobby S. Varma

It wouldn’t take long for someone scanning job posts on LinkedIn, Indeed or ZipRecruiter to find a role that was either fully remote or hybrid. A recent study found that about 62 percent of working adults ages 22 to 65 claim to work remotely at least occasionally. Working from home is convenient for the employee, but maintaining a strong security posture can be difficult for the employer. The greatest challenge in this era of disrupted workforces is that employees must access customers’ sensitive data to complete work. But how are they to do this securely? Businesses turned to the zero-trust model, otherwise known as the principle of “never trust, always verify.” By always confirming that the person accessing the network is who they say they are, companies can protect against data breaches and prevent exposing their customer’s sensitive data.

Nevertheless, how can a business extend those zero-trust practices beyond the local network and into the physical world, right to the remote employee’s chair? In other words, how can an organization prevent unauthorized people from looking over their remote employee’s shoulders? When accessing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), and any form of financial information in the home environment rather than an office, there is a possibility that someone could see the employee’s screen and the displayed information, compromising the client’s data.

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