Zero Trust in a Remote Work Environment

August 18, 2021

Over the last year and a half, a vast majority of organizations—including many in the SaaS space—moved towards a fully remote working environment. While remote work has been encouraged and embraced, it has also created challenges for InfoSec and data privacy teams. After all, with employees now working outside of a "secure" environment (and accessing the internet and other secure sites from remote access points), there can be a greater risk of an unauthorized user gaining access to data.

This is why many organizations are turning to zero-trust strategies to help protect secure information and data.


What is a zero-trust environment?

Unlike VPNs which give individual users complete access to a secure environment, zero-trust environments automatically assume that all users are unauthorized and prompts authorization at every access point. Zero-trust strategies allow InfoSec and IT departments to provide access to secure information as needed instead of providing blanket access across the board.

So, what does this mean for InfoSec teams? Every person (or organization) that has access to your team’s data and information needs a secure access point and credentials. This could mean setting your customers and/or vendors up with login details to your internal portal, leveraging encrypted messaging services, and using SFTPs to share protected information with people inside and outside your organization.


Zero trust and remote work

While organizations may have started adopting zero trust security methods to accommodate the rise of remote workers, many are continuing down this path because of the benefits of this kind of strategy. In many ways, the rise of remote work has acted as a catalyst for a huge movement away from blanket access strategies towards zero trust.

The move to remote work shows no signs of slowing down. Even though more and more employees are returning to the office, many will continue working from home regularly. This will continue to influence and introduce new technologies and strategies for teams looking to embrace zero trust environments.

To this end, organizations working with multiple partners, vendors, or other organizations accessing data will need to build scalable, flexible data access processes to ensure compliance and security in a zero trust world. This is also an opportunity to educate employees and individuals with direct access to protected data. True zero-trust security only occurs when users and technology diligently focus on encryption, secure access, and authentication.


How Whistic can impact zero trust

Any time you are giving external users (individuals or organizations) access to your secure data, you are putting your security at risk. By completing due diligence and moving vendors through a vendor risk management process, your team can be sure they have the proper controls and safeguards in place on their side to be trusted with access to your information.

Whistic makes it easy for SaaS organizations to manage and assess vendor security data, from assessments to documentation, in a single place for one-stop access. Optimizing your vendor risk management process can make it easier to implement zero-trust environment processes whether or not your employees are still working remotely.

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