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April 17, 2020  |  SSS GRC Team

With the forced move to remote work, many clients have asked us for assistance to minimise the risk they have assumed in adapting their organisations at speed.

We established a set of questions you can ask yourself along with a new Current State Risk Assessment service to help you understand this additional risk and provide recommendations to mitigate.

You can read more about the SSS Current State Risk Assessment here: https://www.sss.co.nz/solutions/security-consulting/covid-19-current-state-risk-assessment

Ask yourself if you are able to:

  • maintain an inventory of devices used by personnel working remotely?
  • manage the configurations of devices used by personnel working remotely?
  • provide physical security training for, and relevant to, personnel working remotely?
  • provide network security guidance for, and relevant to, personnel working remotely?
  • perform a risk assessment before implementing a technical solution supporting remote access?
  • perform a risk assessment before authorising individual users to work remotely?
  • follow vendor recommendations and industry best practices in securing the configuration of the virtual private network (VPN) and/or other solutions supporting remote working?
  • ensure the VPN and/or other technical solutions supporting remote working are maintained and fully patched against known vulnerabilities?
  • maintain the patch level of the operating system on devices used by personnel working remotely?
  • maintain the patch level of applications and third-party software on devices used by personnel working remotely?
  • keep current the scan engines and signatures of the anti-malware solutions on the devices used by personnel working remotely?
  • detect, monitor, record, and respond to anomalous behaviour on devices used by personnel working remotely?
  • follow vendor recommendations and industry best standards in securing the configuration of email solution(s)?
  • assess possible impacts to insurance coverage for the organisation when people are working remotely?

If you need help assessing your current state and determining your priorities, contact us on sales@sss.co.nz and one of our consultants will be in touch!