So, your clients are working from home and maybe it’s for the first time. They have been down to PC World and bought a new laptop to work from. They are using old machines they already had at home. It’s becoming a bit of a struggle to maintain security with so many new machines coming into the mix. How do you ensure the high levels of security are still in place that businesses should expect?
You could ask home users to download free antivirus software, but how much control do you have over this? Can you be sure they are keeping it up to date and more importantly, can the software meet the requirements?
Vitanium are using Panda, the next generation of antivirus software. Not only does it cover everything that normal antivirus programs cover by using a blacklist of known executables that contain viruses, it protects from unknown viruses too. Panda uses a blacklist and a whitelist. They have a huge database of executables known to be trustworthy and this is growing all the time as any unknown executables are sent to advanced machine learning for classification.
On top of Panda’s advanced protection, they also have modules that can be included in the package. One useful module we use at Vitanium is patch management. We can ensure all of our users are on the most up to date version of software to be certain we are not susceptible to vulnerabilities that have already been patched.
One of the most efficient ways to minimise data exposure is to automatically encrypt the hard disks of desktops, laptops and servers, preventing unauthorised users from accessing the encrypted information without authentication. This policy provides an additional layer of security and control for organizations, although it may also lead to data control and recovery issues if the key is lost.
Panda Full Encryption leverages BitLocker, a proven and stable Microsoft technology, to encrypt and decrypt disks without impacting end users and providing organizations with the added value of centrally controlling and managing the encryption keys stored on Panda Security’s cloud-based management platform: Aether
Working from home can bring challenges to backing up data. Documents might just be saved on a local machine or more likely, with the huge boom in Office 365 uptake, saved to cloud storage. Of course, it is very important to backup all of this data, even if it is in the cloud. We’ve spoken about this in some detail previously, but for a practical and recent example, Microsoft needed to add new capacity to their Azure datacentres as they couldn’t handle the new volume of clients using their services. This lead to some users not having the full functionality they should expect from Microsoft. Hyper-scalers are not infallible.
We have a couple of solutions at Vitanium. For starters, users can backup to local storage for free with the Veeam Windows application: https://www.veeam.com/windows-endpoint-server-backup-free.html
Vitanium also offer the Datahive ACB client, which was designed with home users in mind. ACB allows the user to backup local files and folders, as well as cloud storage, such as Onedrive, Dropbox and their Office 365 mailbox.
If you would like any more information about Vitanium’s products, please contact us and we will be happy to help.