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Security Minute: 5 Essential Tools To Manage Remote Workforces

Nearly three in four companies plan to permanently shift more employees to remote positions post-COVID-19. Find out the opportunity RSA is offering its partners to help their customers manage the increased security threat.

Nearly three in four companies plan to permanently shift more employees to remote positions post-COVID-19, according to Gartner. This creates an increased security threat for customers and an enormous opportunity for partners to offer them solutions.

But first, it’s important for solution providers to understand the five points of vulnerability found in work-at-home environments – employees, endpoints, non-work devices, home automation and Wi-Fi.

“I think the thing that solution providers should be talking to their customers about is what kind of authentication tools that they have in place,” says Murtaza Hafizji, senior advisor of product marketing at RSA. “We all know that humans are the weakest link when it comes to security.”

When customers access work applications outside the traditional work perimeter, they lose some of the protections the perimeter provides – increasing the risk of bad actors getting access to sensitive data. “In the age of hyper-connectivity, everything is connected and having the right level of security for certain devices is super-critical,” says Hafizji.

Determining the “right level” of security is the tricky part. “You’ve got to look toward technology tools that are going to both make you more efficient, but also take some of that manual work effort away from you, allowing the solutions to do the work for you,” says Brian Robertson, senior product marketing manager at RSA.

Endpoint monitoring, network monitoring, user and behavior analytics, orchestration and a platform-based approach are the five essential tools to manage remote workforces. For partners, that’s a lot to think about. It’s crucial solution providers partner with vendors who offer an end-to-end solution.

“Security takes a village. And the way our RSA solutions work, all of them complement each other,” says Hafizji. “This includes our IAM solution, which is RSA SecurID suite; our RSA NetWitness platform with network monitoring and forensics; our RSA Archer tool, which is governance, risk, and compliance; and our RSA Fraud, Risk and Intelligence Suite looking at fraud transactions and monitoring.”

Going beyond the expertise RSA brings its partners – the RSA NetWitness® platform and RSA SecurID® suite also deliver ROI. These are both robust land-and-expand products you can build upon and provide services to make margins. Solution providers also have the opportunity to open and close deals in the same quarter, register for deals for additional discounts and beyond.

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