With software and services like accounting, email and Customer Relation Management (CRMs) being “in the cloud”, users are able to work from anywhere in the world and from almost any device. Users can also connect into the office with VPNs or Remote Desktop / Teamviewer-like programs for complete access to their files.
This freedom does introduce some risks to businesses if users are connecting from ‘unknown’ PCs. Does the users’ computer have an antivirus? What if they have lost their phone & the passwords to work are saved in their address book? Is there any sensitive material available if the system is shared with their children?
To avoid the virtual ‘can of works’, businesses need to have an appropriate Remote access policy that outlines the dos and do not of accessing business assets.
To make life a little easier, Tech Republic have published a Remote access policy template for businesses to use as a baseline when setting the rules for users and their devices.
From Tech Republic:
This policy outlines guidelines and processes for requesting, obtaining, using, and terminating remote access to organization networks, systems, and data. It applies to scenarios where employees connect remotely to in-house data centers as well as offsite facilities, such as cloud providers. The download includes a PDF version, along with a Word version to make customization easier.
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