How to Improve Your Remote Access Security Solution with Reduced Risk

With more users accessing corporate data from various locations and with larger volumes of data residing beyond the range of traditional perimeter defenses, the need for remote access security has never been as pressing as it is today. In this post, we talk about the importance of implementing remote access security, the risks it is designed to mitigate, and other benefits this type of security control brings to the table.

Remote Access Security Importance

A decade ago, if a person went to work, that usually meant going to the office. That also usually meant using office PCs as well as software applications and files installed/stored on those stationary endpoint devices. This changed gradually as people started to discover the benefits of working remotely and leveraging cloud-based applications.

Fast forward to today, working remotely—whether full time or part-time—as well as using cloud-based applications has now become the norm, driven in a large part by the COVID-induced lockdowns as well as company-initiated measures to keep employees safe from the virus. When a person goes to work today, it may often mean performing work-related tasks at home and accessing corporate files, applications, and even virtual desktops remotely, often from a bring your own device (BYOD) endpoint.

To provide users remote access to files and applications hosted on company servers (whether in on-premises datacenters or in public clouds), typically businesses employ technologies such as remote desktop protocol (RDP), virtual private networks (VPNs), or, in the case of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP).

Regardless of what remote access technology/protocol a business employs, the act of performing remote access alone exposes users and company data to certain risks.

The Risks

The moment users start accessing digital assets outside your perimeter defenses (much less do so through unmanaged devices) the number of risks can become practically innumerable. Here are some of the risks users get subjected to when performing remote access:

Despite the risks of carrying out remote access, remote work is here to stay. It is therefore important for organizations to adopt security controls to ensure that those remote access sessions don’t put their digital assets in harm’s way.

Security Technologies to Ensure Safe Remote Access

As with other areas of cyber security, there’s no silver bullet for securing remote access. Rather, an effective remote access security strategy should involve multiple layers of protection. Some of the controls you can employ are the following:

The Benefits

A properly implemented remote access security strategy can enhance your organization’s security posture greatly. Such a strategy can help because it:

Remote Access Security Responsibilities

Although network teams traditionally oversee remote access solutions like firewalls and VPNs, in the modern day cybersecurity teams are more likely to lead and manage the policies, practices, and technology related to guaranteeing safe remote access.

Password sharing, unencrypted personal devices, a lack of cyber hygiene, software that violates an organization’s security rules, and little to no patching are all examples of security issues.

Implement Secure Remote Access with Parallels RAS

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an easy-to-use, all-in-one virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that enables organizations to deliver applications and desktops remotely to any device, anywhere.

The centralized architecture provided by Parallels RAS allows virtualized applications and desktops as well as data to be hosted in a central location rather than installed and stored in endpoint devices, making it immune to risks associated with device theft or loss.

Despite this inherently secure architecture, Parallels security doesn’t end there. Parallels RAS is equipped with several security controls that establish remote access security. Some of those controls include the following:

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