Returning to the Office as Pandemic Restrictions Ease

With many of the COVID-19 related restrictions easing up around the country, returning to the office will come with its own set of security related challenges. In addition to using DrawbridgeConnect, the items below should be considered as you plan to return the firm to business as usual:

 

  • Machines that have been off for a prolonged period will be missing patches.Vulnerability management is key in returning to the office.
  • Access rights should be reviewed, as many firms made changes to permissions to accommodate a remote workflow.
  • Clear Desk Policy – Verify that any sensitive documents that may not have been properly secured before the lockdown are still there, and ensure that going forward those documents are properly secured.
  • Verify that server patching has been taking place. Leverage DrawbridgeConnect-R to understand and remediate the vulnerabilities within your network.
  • Confirm that your UPS units are still operating properly in case the building had a power down at some point.
  • Verify that the latest firmware has been pushed out to any desk phones.
  • Check the log of who (if anyone) has accessed the IT room, especially if it’s in a shared work environment.
  • Make sure any devices that haven’t been connected to the Firm’s VPN are brought into the office to receive the proper software updates.
  • Update asset inventories with any last-minute purchases for home working.
  • Complete a risk assessment for any new remote working tools introduced into the environment.
  • Ensure any changes to data flow within the business could not have resulted in loss of data or left data located on insecure devices (a clean-up at “home”, both technical and physical)

 

Many technical implementations were put on hold due to the pandemic, even with a strong cybersecurity program. Now is the time to move forward with those security controls that weren’t put in place previously. It’s a good idea to have a renewed focus on remote access security to prepare for the future.