Securing Remote Workers With Browser Isolation

Written by Guise Bule, Founder at Secjuice

Work From Home Securely

Sending all of your employees home to work remotely is a fantastic way to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, but a total nightmare for your cybersecurity people. Suddenly, instead of protecting your employees when they are using their secure desktop computers in the office within your secure corporate network, they now have to try and secure your employees personal laptops or PCs connected to networks that are completely beyond their control in an effort to keep your organization safe.

If your employees all have company-issued laptops which are remotely managed by your IT department then you are one of the lucky ones, most companies do not issue laptops to all of their employees and their people will be forced to work from their own computers and connect to networks you cannot secure.

Hopefully, your employees have an updated and properly patched operating system, hopefully they will have antivirus installed and regularly update its definitions so that hopefully their machines will not be ridden with malware, adware or viruses, or be part of a botnet. Hopefully, your employees are savvy enough to keep their machines secure and use a VPN when connecting to your organization's IT infrastructure, hopefully they never visit malware-ridden sites and know not to open email attachments from strangers.

That’s a lot of hope though and sadly hope will not keep your business data secure.

If your business uses Microsoft or Google productivity apps, or any kind of web app, then can expect your people will be using their browsers a lot. If they are suddenly forced to work from home and use the web-based versions of Office or G Suite rather than use the locally installed versions of Word, Excel, Docs or Sheets, it means they will primarily be working through their web browser on a daily basis.

This is where browser isolation can help secure your employees when they work remotely, by securing their web browsing session and encrypting the traffic that passes through the browser.

If your employees use a remote browser (instead of their regular local browser) to access your business data or productivity applications, then you know that the data and any login credentials which pass through the browser are hidden from whoever owns the wifi network they are connecting to. You also know that only a trusted IP address (assuming you trust your browser isolation provider) will be connecting to your IT infrastructure instead of random and unfamiliar IP addresses.

Unlike a VPN which requires your employees to be technically savvy enough to set up, remote browsers can be quickly and easily deployed to your employees for immediate use and instant browser security.

Remote browsers immediately provide a level of security that you can rely on to secure the connection between your employees at home and your businesses network, securing their use of your browser-based productivity apps as well as your business data in the process. They also allow you to ban actions like cut and paste, or file downloads so that your data stays on your own IT infrastructure where it belongs.

If you absolutely must send your employees home to work from their own computers and through their own browser, you need to make sure those browsers are properly secured and keep your business data and IT infrastructure safe from intrusions. Browser isolation is a quick shortcut to home working security and will help you secure your employees daily workflows as well as their regular internet browsing while they work.

With browser isolation you get peace of mind when it comes to protecting endpoints that you don't have control over, remote browsers compensate for a lack of security on employees home computers by stopping browser-based cyber attacks before they can spread to your IT infrastructure.

Remote browsers are easy to deploy to non-tech savvy users who probably already know how to use a browser, making deployments frictionless and requiring only light training for users if they need it.

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